April 29, 2013
Updated Apr 29, 2013 at 9:42 PM CDT
BARTONVILLE, Ill. -- The Illinois State Treasurer's Office currently has $1.7 billion in unclaimed cash.
On Monday, State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth hosted an I-Cash Day to help constituents in the 92nd District find any unclaimed cash or property in their names.
State law requires Illinois banks and businesses to turn over unclaimed assets after five years. This includes unpaid wages, over-payments on bills, life insurance policies and even safety deposit box contents.
"A lot of people are surprised, especially the ones who are in a rush. When they stop by and see that they do have cash unclaimed," said Brenesha River, Intern, Rep. Gordon-Booth's office.
One in 8 Illinois residents has unclaimed cash or property. If you missed Monday's event, you can join WEEK-TV on May 14 for our I-Cash phone bank.
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and staff will be on hand live to discover if you have any unclaimed cash or property.