History of the Program
Through the I-Cash program, the Illinois State Treasurer's Unclaimed Property Division connects state residents with their unclaimed property.
Formerly called Cash Dash, the unclaimed property program was re-named I-Cash in 2012. The law that created the unclaimed property program was established in the early 1960s as a consumer protection initiative.
Almost everybody knows somebody with unclaimed assets: One in eight Illinois residents has an asset to be claimed in I-Cash. Assets include everything from stocks and CDs, to safe deposit boxes and valuables.
The names of 780,000 additional residents were added to the public web database after the state recently double-checked claims from years 1976 to 1992 – a time period before a computer-system upgrade streamlined the database's maintenance.
The state currently has $1.7 billion dollars in cash, plus contents from Illinois bank safe deposit boxes, which need to be returned to Illinois residents. Most assets are transferred to the state after they've been inactive for at least five years.
It's easy for Illinois residents to discover if they have assets waiting for them. Residents have nothing to lose, and everything to gain, by searching the I-Cash website. Discovery is a simple, three-step process:
1. Enter your name in the online search field
2. If it's a match, fill out and submit the online claim form
3. Receive your property or cash and enjoy what you've discovered
Within weeks, residents are reconnected with their cash or assets, allowing them to enter the next exciting phase of discovery – discovering how to use their findings.