Freedom of Information Act


What is FOIA? 
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives your the right to access information from the federal government. 

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officers

Freedom of Information Officer
Attn: Michele Gabriel, Public Health Administrator 
 Knox County Health Department
1361 W. Fremont Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309-344-2224
Fax: 309-344-5049
Email: kchdfoia@knoxcountyhealth.org

Deputy Freedom of Information Officer
Attn: Wil Hayes, Assistant Public Health Administrator 
Knox County Health Department
1361 W. Fremont Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309-344-2224
Fax: 309-344-5049
Email: kchdfoia@knoxcountyhealth.org

Freedom of Information Information and Requests

Mission Statement:
To serve Knox County by assessing health and environmental needs, developing policies, and assuring those needs are effectively addressed. 

Main Office: 
1361 West Fremont Street, Galesburg IL 61401

Purpose: 
The purpose of the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) is to provide personal and environmental health services which emphasize health promotion and the prevention of illness and disease. 
"...it is declared to be the public policy of the State of Illinois that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of the government... Such access is necessary to enable the people to fulfill their duties of discussing public issues fully and freely, making informed political judgements and monitoring government to ensure that it is being conducted in the public interest."  (5 ILCS 140/1)
For further information about the State of Illinois Freedom of Information Act, please see the Attorney General's website.

Budget: The budget for the KCHD for 2019 is $6,888,000, 2020 is $9,743,000, and 2021 is $10,509,000. 

Employees: KCHD currently has approximately 67 employees. 

Board of Health: The Knox County Health Department is currently governed by 9 Board of Health members, who are appointed by the Knox County Board. 

FOIA Procedures: Interest parties can request information in any way convenient to them (in-person, mailed, emailed, or faxed). Requests should be made to the Freedom of Information Officer or Deputy Freedom of Information Officer listed above. It is preferred that the request be made in writing, using the FOIA Request Form, if possible.

Environmental Health Division FOIA Requests: Food Program Records
Food Safety Inspection reports are available to review online without the need to submit a FOIA request, at Lookup Food Safety Inspection Reports.