Does Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs Have Money for You?

Most people are surprised to learn that the state might have their missing money or unclaimed property – and they don’t even know it.

How much money? More than $3.5 billion. You can see if your name is among the thousands who have missing money by clicking here. Search your name, a relative’s name, the name of a business or the name of a non-profit.

Why might the treasurer have your money? Sometimes, a letter or check is mailed to the wrong address. Examples of unclaimed property include unpaid life insurance benefits, forgotten bank accounts and unused rebate cards. The State Treasurer is legally required to return the property to the rightful owner no matter how long it takes.

An estimated one-in-four people in Illinois have unclaimed property. Because unclaimed property is surrendered to the treasurer’s office twice each year, you should check the database twice each year; for example, on your birthday and six months later. Go to and learn more.