SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – State Rep. Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton, is highlighting a program to reunite local taxpayers and small businesses with uncashed checks issued by the State of Illinois through Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza’s Check for Cash program.
“These are dollars that are rightfully owed to people throughout the state,” Costello said. “Often times, people are unaware that this money exists because of a lost or uncashed check from many years ago. This is an opportunity available to people to double check to ensure that they are not missing out on money that belongs to them.”
Each year, the State of Illinois issues thousands of checks that go uncashed, most frequently to state employees, small businesses doing business with a state agency and local governments. Over the years, these uncashed checks have accumulated to over $30 million in unclaimed taxpayer money.
Comptroller Mendoza’s Check for Cash website provides a simple way for citizens to find out if an uncashed check is being held in their name and fill out paperwork to make a claim.
“Through our online database, anyone can look up if they have an uncashed check and start the process right there to get that check reissued,” Comptroller Mendoza said. “These checks don’t represent any new spending–they are rightfully owed to someone and I believe we ought to do our part to make sure those taxpayers aren’t shortchanged.”
The Comptroller currently has records of more than 100,000 uncashed checks. The Check for Cash website can be found at http://illinoiscomptroller.gov/services/check-for-cash. For information, contact Costello’s full-time constituent service office at (618) 282-7284 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.