SPRINGFIELD - The State of Illinois is returning a record-breaking $180 million in unclaimed property to its residents through its iCash program.
More than 116,000 claims were paid to Illinois residents in the 2018 fiscal year.
$180 million in forgotten cash and stocks were returned to individuals, employers and non-profits by the State Treasurer's office in the past year.
Officials say the new fast track and e-claiming processes, unveiled earlier this year, made it easier for people to claim property and lead to the record-breaking number.
The State Treasurer is tasked with safeguarding unclaimed property such as unpaid life insurance benefits and forgotten bank accounts.
Illinois holds more than $2 billion in unclaimed property and the Treasurer is legally required to find the rightful owners, no matter how long it takes them to come forward.
To find out if you have unclaimed money waiting for you, visit icash.illinoistreasurer.gov
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