How to File a Freedom of Information Act Request with the Adams County Supervisor of Assessments

Members of the public may make requests for inspection or for copies of public records for the Adams County Supervisor of Assessments under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 ILCS 140/1 et seq.

Process for Submitting Requests(Per section 4(b), 5 ILCS 140/4)

The following are instructions on how to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Adams County Supervisor of Assessments:

All FOIA requests for public records must be in writing, and should include the following information:

  1. The name, mailing address and contact information of the requester

  2. A description of the records that are being requested

  3. Whether the request is for commercial purposes.

  4. To make a request for inspection or for copies of office records, please submit your request by mail, fax, email, or deliver it to:

    FOIA Officer(s) – Kelly Thompson, Georgene Zimmerman
    Adams County Supervisor of Assessments
    507 Vermont St
    Quincy, IL 62301
    Fax: (217) 277-2152

    Please be as specific as possible when describing the records you are seeking. Please indicate if you would like copies of the requested records, or whether you wish to examine the records in person. You have the right to either option.

    Remember, the Freedom of Information Act is designed to allow you to inspect or receive copies of records – it does not require staff of the public body to answer questions. To the extent that you wish to ask questions of a representative of the Adams County Supervisor of Assessments, you may call our office at (217) 277-2136, to be directed to the proper person.


    There is no fee for the first 50 pages of standard paper copies. A fee of $0.15 per page will be charged per additional page in excess of 50 pages. A fee will not be charged for documents that may be scanned and sent electronically, or may otherwise be made available by email.

    You are permitted to ask for a waiver of copying fees. To do so, please include the following statement (or a similar statement) in your written FOIA request: “I request a waiver of all fees associated with this request.” In addition, you must include a specific explanation as to why your request for information is in the public interest—not simply your personal interest—and merits a fee waiver.

    Declarations(Per Section 4(a), 5 ILCS 140/4

    Summary of Purpose

    The purpose of the office of the Supervisor of Assessments is to oversee the activity of the township and/or multi-township assessors. We prepare and maintain farmland tax maps and property record cards for all the real estate in the county exempt Quincy township. The Supervisor of Assessments also serves as clerk of the Adams County Board of Review and Chairman of the County Farmland Assessment Review Committee.

    Functional Subdivisions

    Annual Operating Budget

    The total operating budget of the Supervisor of Assessments’ office for fiscal year 2016-2017 is $196,882.00.  The total operating budget of the Board of Review office for fiscal year 2016-2017 is $23,167.00.

    Office Locations

    Adams County Courthouse
    507 Vermont St
    Quincy, IL 62301

    Approximate Number of Employees

    The Supervisor of Assessments office has four full-time employees.

    Board, Commission, Committee, or Council

    This office reports to the Adams County Board.

    List of Records (Per section 5, 5 ILCS 140/5)

    Board of Review Complaints, Exemption Certificates of Status, Model Home Applications, Real Estate Transfer Declarations, Sales Ratio Listings and Studies.