Do you have extra holiday cash waiting in the state's unclaimed property database? Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs is encouraging people to check. 

Frerichs's office said in a news released Tuesday that his office's unclaimed property division has paid claims valued at more than $160 million this year, and one in four people who check the database find property. Businesses, non-profits and units of local government also can have unclaimed property to claim. 

Items are surrendered after private entities tried for at least five years to find the owners.

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