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Edgar County Housing Authority secures unclaimed funds from State Treasurer –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On February 10, 2021

Paris, IL. (ECWd) –

Scott Barrett, Director of the Edgar County Housing Authority, informed us today that the Illinois State Treasurer’s office sent the ECHA a check for their unclaimed funds listed in the Treasurer’s unclaimed funds database.

After we notified him of the ECHA’s name being in the database, Barrett confirmed the ECHA was listed in the database as the owner of unclaimed funds, submitted the simple claim form, and about 10 days later the check arrived in the mail.

He said it was for an extended warrantee on appliances purchased from a company who later went out of business.

Individuals, businesses, and public bodies are listed in this database and can claim the funds due them with a simple 2-step process:

  1. Prove who you are,
  2. Wait for the check

The State Treasurer’s iCash website is:

Once there, simply input a name, and see if there are any funds held.

If there are, fill out the form and wait about 7 – 10 days for the check to arrive.

As an example, we searched for “Edgar County” and came up with a list of several county offices with money being held by the State – click HERE to see a partial list for the Edgar County Treasurer, Courthouse, Recorder, Clerk, Sheriff’s Department, Circuit Clerk, etc…. They are listed either as under $100 or over $100.




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  • jannie
    Posted at 12:26h, 11 February Reply

    Nice if you can do that, I believed that you had to “prove” ownership. With a small Christmas savings that was evidentally to the state, I had to prove the bank, etc. etc. I thought there was more to it.

  • PK
    Posted at 15:11h, 11 February Reply

    This news has me thinking about reporting the ECWd’s to the BGA. Seriously though, I’ve now an inkling to check the Treasurer’s web-site on behalf of concerns local to my residency.

  • PK
    Posted at 15:36h, 11 February Reply

    Waste not, want not.

    Are interest accruals for the untold average running balance of this unclaimed funds account shown on a balance sheet? Would it be fair for the newly installed speaker to initiate a floor debate in order to decide what to do if it were, or worse, if it were not?

  • Roger
    Posted at 19:46h, 11 February Reply

    I found both my name and that of my sister on their webpage a couple years ago regarding infant life insurance my parents purchased.. Passed info to my sister and submitted my ID and proof of residency at an address I last lived at during elementary school (1961). $260 richer now.!

  • PK
    Posted at 10:10h, 14 February Reply

    I accessed the web-site and input “county” in the input field for *Last of Business Name, then counted the search returns. There are 250 returns, with many counties having more than one unclaimed fund.

    This is like the government walking around the county courthouse with toilet paper stuck on its heel, only its a five dollar bill, not toilet paper, leftover from an apparent lack of will to have bent over to pick it up while in the courthouse bathroom.


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