DeKALB – DeKalb County residents are owed about $5.7 million in unclaimed money from inactive bank accounts, utility deposits, insurance policies and paychecks.
That's assuming the addresses on record are correct, of course.
"Every time you move to a different town or city, you have to put down a deposit," said Melissa Hahn, a spokeswoman for State Treasurer Dan Rutherford. "Not everybody makes sure there's a good forwarding address."
According to the Illinois State Treasurer's I-Cash service, there were 33,849 DeKalb County residents who are owed money Thursday. Residents can reclaim this money by entering their name and city into the state treasury department's Web site, www.icash.illinois.gov. Employers, banks and other companies are waiting to pay residents their money when they log in.
For example, DeKalb resident Lonnie Reynolds can claim more than $100 in vendor checks from Kishwaukee Hospital. DirecTV refunds of between $10 and $100 are owed to Genoa resident Cindy Morris, according to the Web site.
Sycamore resident James Allen can claim more than $100 worth of shares of stock from Metlife Inc., more than $100 of beneficiary proceeds from Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and between $10 and $100 in dividends from Metlife, according to the Web site.
Heirs and businesses also can claim money owed.
Statewide, I-Cash returned 43 percent more money to its rightful owners last month compared with July 2013, according to an Illinois State Treasurer's news release. More than $2.1 billion in cash and contents from Illinois safe deposit boxes have been inactive for at least five years, the news release states.
The Illinois State Treasurer's office has approved 39,248 claims so far this year.
The amount of money people are claiming has increased throughout the state in the past four months, Hahn said.
"It's due to all sorts of reasons, mostly how much outreach we've done," she said. "This was a really good month."
Check your name
Visit www.icash.illinois.gov to see if the Illinois State Treasurer's office has unclaimed funds for you.