Freedom of Information Requests

"Through the use of effective leadership, teamwork, accountability and communication, the City of Monticello provides quality public services that enhance the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Monticello" - City of Monticello Mission Statement

The City of Monticello is a non-home rule unit located in central Piatt County, Illinois. The City of Monticello is operated under a Mayor-Council form of government serving 5,941 residents (2020 Census). The City of Monticello operates under a total operating budget of approximately $20,691,582 (FY2024) and employs approximately 150 full and part-time employees. The Monticello Fire Department, Monticello Police Department and Monticello Parks and Recreation Department also operate under the jurisdiction and monetary authority of the municipality.

The City Council meets regularly on the second and fourth Mondays of each month unless scheduled otherwise. Agenda items are available to the public Wednesdays prior to the scheduled meeting on this site, as well available on request. The City Council approves the appointed members serving on the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Historic Preservation Commission, and Police and Fire Commission.

It is the policy of the City of Monticello to provide public access to information and records in accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140).

The Freedom of Information Act Officers for the City of Monticello are as follows:

Administrative Offices - Jill Potts
210 N. Hamilton
Monticello, Illinois 61856

Police Department - Wendy Buchanan and Rob Bross 
211 N. Hamilton
Monticello, Illinois 61856

Download a Freedom of Information Act request form (PDF), or you may make an online request via the Freedom of Information Act.

*Please note: In an effort to reduce the opportunity for error or overlooking a request, Freedom of Information Act requests made via email should be submitted to the above email address links, not the personnel member individually. **Please note that all FOIA requests are now posted online. When you submit a FOIA request, your name and information about the request will be made available on the City's website, as it will become public information.

Any requests for Freedom of Information made in writing should be mailed or dropped off to the appropriate office above. Each request will be stamped with a date and a time of receipt by one of the Freedom of Information Act officers.

The City shall charge fees reasonably calculated to reimburse it for the cost of reproducing requested documents. The fee for black and white, letter or legal size copies of more than 50 pages will be $.15 per copy. If the City provides copies in color or in another size other than letter or legal, the City shall charge its actual cost for reproducing the records.

The cost for certifying a record shall be $1.00 per certification sheet.

For further information regarding the process of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests, select a menu item on the drop-down menu under this subject.