EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – State Rep. LaToya Greenwood, D-East St. Louis, is informing local taxpayers and small businesses that they may have uncashed checks waiting for them in the state’s Check for Cash database.
“Over the year millions of dollars have accumulated in uncashed checks and I want to help local residents find money they are owed,” Greenwood said. “These checks and refunds often remain unclaimed without residents knowing they exist. The Check for Cash program helps track down those missed opportunities for money and return them to Illinois residents.”
The Check for Cash website can be found at http://illinoiscomptroller.gov/services/check-for-cash. For help searching the database, contact Greenwood’s constituent service office at 618-646-9557.
The comptroller currently has records of more than 100,000 uncashed checks. 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 Susana 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.
“I believe it is very important to help residents receive what is rightfully theirs,” Greenwood said. “If there are any questions on the Check for Cash program, I’m here to assist.”