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I-Cash Program Returns Money To Area Residents

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is proud of the record of his office's I-Cash program. He has spent the past few days making stops in Southern Illinois with the staff of the program that helps reunited people with their or their relatives unclaimed assets.

"It's been a dramatic success. In 2011 we were able to return for the first time in the state of Illinois to return over $100-million. In 2012, we were actually able to return $129-million," said Rutherford while with the I-Cash team in Centralia. "Think about it, that's $129-million dollars that went back into the purses and wallets of the people of Illinois that they didn't even know they had it coming."

There's a lot of assets that were last known to belong to someone in Marion County. "In Marion County, I'm holding $2.8-million worth of property with an address in Marion County and I have 15,300 names in our data base," said Rutherford. "I truly encourage everyone to take advantage and see if we have money that truly belongs to them."

While the I-Cash staff has left the local area, Rutherford says anyone can check their name and the names of their relatives on the internet. The website is icash.illinois.gov.

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