Is there money out there in Illinois that belongs to you? Here’s how to claim it

The Illinois Treasurer’s office is now offering two new processes for people to obtain their unclaimed property.

Through the eClaim process, people may upload necessary claim information in an electronic format on the Treasurer’s Office website,, where it is uploaded in real-time and transferred to a database, in order to save processing time.

Another process, the Fast Track process, allows quick approval and payment for simple, lower dollar amount claims. The automated review process compares the information submitted by the claimant to the information reported on the property, which could include Social Security numbers, past and current addresses, and past and current names, the treasurer’s office said.

“We are excited to let the public know that claiming cash and property that belongs to them will be a much simpler, faster process,” State Treasurer Michael Frerichs said in a news release. “Our process always is free, safe and secure. And after listening to feedback from the public, it is now also quicker.”

“We have more than $2.9 billion in unclaimed property to return to Illinois residents, and we hope the new changes to the claims process will encourage more people to visit to claim what’s theirs,” Frerichs said.

The Illinois treasurer’s office is the state custodian of unclaimed property including lost bank accounts, insurance policy proceeds, and forgotten safe deposit boxes, after private entities have tried for at least five years to locate the owners.

Claims that involve estates, heirs or deceased relatives often are more complex and likely would not be eligible for eClaim or Fast Track, the treasurer’s office said.


$10M returned to Kansans during Kan. Treasurer’s tour

TOPEKA – Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner completed his tour of all 105 counties to promote many of the initiatives and services administered by the Treasurer’s Office. LaTurner kicked off the tour in his hometown of Galena and ended it in Wichita, all in less than 5 months. The Treasurer and his staff provided free unclaimed property searches for Kansans in their home counties.

“We had some great stories throughout the tour,” LaTurner said. “We returned $24,000 to a hospital in South Central Kansas, and $9,000 to an assisted living facility in Southwest Kansas along with 45,000 other claims throughout the state. Every dollar we return to the people of Kansas is a dollar that goes back into their local communities.”

Since July 1 of this year, the Treasurer’s Office has returned over $10.1 million to Kansans, and Treasurer LaTurner and his staff are returning unclaimed property at a record pace.

“Not only did we return over $10 million dollars, but we’ve had over 1.1 million Kansans’ names searched online,” continued LaTurner. “The average return has been $240 and that means something to the LaTurner household, just like it does to most Kansas families.“

For more information on the Kansas State Treasurer’s Office or unclaimed property, please visit, or call 785-296-3171.