Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford to Host I-Cash in Palos Hills in July

Saturday, July 28

Palos Hills, Green Hills Public Library, 8611 West 103rd Street, Palos Hills   

3:15 p.m.: Rutherford will provide remarks and hold a media availability. Rutherford will depart at 3:45 p.m.  

2:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.: I-Cash staff will be on site to help local residents find out if they have unclaimed property.

“People are thrilled to find out they have money just waiting for them through I-Cash,” says Rutherford. “I encourage area residents to come visit me at local I-Cash events for assistance in locating their money or property – plus everyone should make an attempt to review our online database annually so they don’t miss out on money or valuable assets the state is holding for them.” 

The treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Division’s costs, including staff, computers and travel, are paid for through the Unclaimed Property Trust Fund, and not by taxpayer dollars.

The I-Cash program helps reunite owners with their unclaimed property. The Unclaimed Property Division has over $1.5 billion in cash, plus contents fromIllinois safe deposit boxes that have been inactive for at least five years. During Rutherford’s first year in office, the program marked the first time in history that the treasurer’s office returned more than $100 million to the people who owned those assets. The total for 2011 was $101,679,655, a 23 percent increase over the previous year. In the past, the I-Cash program returned about $80 million annually to owners. It’s common for people to lose track of their assets when they move or when loved ones pass away. Businesses and banks are required to turn over unclaimed accounts to the treasurer’s office.

Some examples of unclaimed property currently held by the treasurer’s office include the following:

Money from inactive savings and checking accounts

Unpaid wages or commissions

Stocks, bonds and mutual funds

Money orders and bill overpayments

Paid-up life insurance policies

Safe deposit box contents.

To find out if you have unclaimed property through I-Cash, you can visit the treasurer’s website at and follow the I-Cash link. The website is updated weekly to reflect new properties remitted to the office. Additionally, our I-Cash teams conduct regular outreach across the state, place twice-annual notices in newspapers and send direct mail to new single-owner claimants with property worth more than $100. You can contact the Unclaimed Property Division by calling 217-785-6998 or emailing [email protected].