State Representative Adam Niemerg announced today that his office was successful in connecting a local Lawrence County family with the State Treasurer’s office to return ‘property’ to the rightful owners. Rep. Niemerg’s office has been working with the State Treasurer’s office and the Unclaimed Property Division to help locate the rightful owners or their next of kin on a number of cases throughout the 109th District.
“When all you hear about is the state raising taxes and fees and stories about corruption by elected officials, it is refreshing to know that we are able to help re-connect money and property back to hard-working residents,” commented Rep. Adam Niemerg. “In this case it is over $20,000 going to a teacher in Lawrence County who is the rightful heir to a life insurance policy. They will be able to share it with their siblings because their parents are now deceased.”
The State Treasurer’s web site indicates that the State of Illinois is holding over $3.5 billion dollars in unclaimed funds for Illinoisans. The state holds these lost funds and other items of value until they are claimed by either the original owner or their heirs. Property is returned at no cost with the proper identification.
“Property items could be anything from cash from old bank accounts and refund checks from utility companies to the contents of ‘abandoned’ safe deposit boxes that have included items such as Purple Heart medals, stocks or bonds, and even baseball card collections,” added Rep. Niemerg.
You can search for unclaimed property online at no cost on the Illinois State Treasurer’s website at: https://icash.illinoistreasurer.gov/#.