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.