STORIES OF DISCOVERY

  • Robert learned about the I-Cash program from his wife, who had unclaimed assets left behind from her mother. He searched for his family members' names and found money that his grandmother had left behind. Robert was surprised to learn just how easy it was to reclaim his grandmother's money through the I-Cash program. After completing and submitting all of the necessary paperwork, Robert received a check from the state for his $3,000 in just three weeks. He put the money towards veterinarian costs for his two dogs.

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  • Melva learned about I-Cash through Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, an acquaintance of hers through her work with the county. Melva has recovered money from the state twice. The first time, someone saw her name in the newspaper and told her she was listed and should reclaim her assets. That time, she recovered $3,000 in stocks. The second time, she discovered $296.33. The reason the cash hadn't been transferred to her was simple: The bank had an old P.O. Box number on file for her.

    The process was easy for Melva to reclaim her cash. She filled out the required paperwork and had it notarized. She plans to use her $296.33 to pay bills and encourages her fellow Illinois residents to go online and check to see if they too have unclaimed cash.

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  • Matt first heard about I-Cash through a friend while in college. Upon searching for his name, he realized he had money to claim. At first, he thought the process would be too time intensive, so he decided not to claim his money. Then, a few years later, Matt was talking with another friend who had claimed money and described how easy the process turned out to be. After hearing this, Matt logged onto the website and realized there were two different claims listed under his name – unclaimed paychecks from high school and college jobs. Matt quickly filled out the forms and days later, he was reunited with his $200.

    Matt couldn't believe how easy it was to claim his money. He recently proposed to his longtime girlfriend and decided put the money towards a celebratory dinner with their families.

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  • Sharon learned about the I-Cash program from her mother, who saw Sharon's name and Sharon's husband's name in the newspaper in the State's quarterly published list of residents who have unclaimed property. Sharon went online and discovered that she had $130 from an old credit card that she had from a past job, and her husband had $50 from a utility deposit from a past residence. She searched for several of her other family members names and notified them that they had unclaimed cash waiting for them, too. As a busy mom of three little children, Sharon used her reclaimed money for groceries for a week for her family.

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  • Tara learned about I-Cash from a friend who had been searching for the names of other friends and family. When she typed her name into the website, she saw that she had two unclaimed assets – both from jobs she had almost 10 years ago. The assets totaled $130.

    Tara was so surprised to find money from previous jobs. She recently purchased a condo in Chicago and this unexpected money helped her get some great new items for her home.

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