Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs (frair-icks) continues to promote the I-CASH program in an effort to return forgotten money or benefits to Illinois residents.  Earlier this week, Frerichs announced the return of more than $19,000 to the Geographic Society of Chicago through the Treasurer’s unclaimed property division.

Treasurer Frerichs says the money left for the Geographic Society of Chicago was from the estate of Chicago resident Hazel Gaunt, who died in 2005.

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The Illinois treasurer’s office is the custodian of unclaimed property, including lost bank accounts, insurance policy proceeds, and forgotten safe deposit boxes. Items are surrendered after private entities typically tried for at least three years to locate the owners. Because thousands of items are surrendered each year, residents should check I-Cash every six months. Visit the link to see if you have unclaimed property: