There is a lot to love about living in the Land of Lincoln. When you live here, history is literally around every corner, and that is just one small facet of the world you inhabit. Whether you were born in the state of Illinois or came there later in life, the only thing that would make your daily life better would be a little extra money in your wallet.
If you would like to add some more portraits of Honest Abe to your wallet in the form of cold hard cash, you just might be in luck. The state of Illinois has carefully compiled a massive database, one that is filling to overflowing with all manner of unclaimed property. If some of it is yours, you could be in for an unexpected payday, and here is how you can check.
1.Begin your search for missing money and unclaimed property at the website the state of Illinois has built to house its database. The URL of that website is icash.illinoistreasurer.gov.
2.Enter your first and last names in the appropriate fields to conduct a search for personal property. Enter the name of your business if you are searching for funds on behalf of a company you own or used to own.
3.Click the Search button to begin your query. The results should be available in less than a minute.
4.Review the list of results carefully, looking closely for money or assets that might belong to you.
5.Fill out an online claim form if you spot property or cash that might belong to you. Read the fine print carefully to determine what kinds of documentation will be required. You may be required to submit documents to prove you are the rightful owner of the property in question.
6.Check the status of your claim at the website. You may be notified that you need to submit additional documentation before your claim can be processed and a check can be issued.
7.Enjoy your money.
If you are wondering how all that cash and property ended up in the state coffers, you are not alone. Plenty of other Illinois residents are curious about where all that unclaimed money comes from, but there is no one answer to that common query.
Some of the money in the database comes from banks, specifically dormant accounts that are turned over when all attempts to contact the depositor have been exhausted. Then there are the tax refund checks that were never cashed, and the insurance proceeds that were never claimed. Wherever it came from, however, that missing money and unclaimed property are safely ensconced in the state database, and it is all waiting to be reunited with its rightful owners, so why not claim your share today?