The Circuit Clerk’s Finance Department makes every effort to ensure timely & accurate delivery of all monies due from our office. Occasionally, we are unable to locate a good address and receive checks back in the mail. In turn this applies to checks that remain ‘uncashed’. After holding this money for 7 years, in accordance to The State of Illinois Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act (765 ILCS 1025/1-30), the Clerk’s office then writes the money off to the State of Illinois.
What is Unclaimed Property?
Any check that is not a bail bond and is issued from our office (Restitution, GAL fees, Misc. Refunds, & Child Support checks for example) that we mailed & received back to our office as undeliverable or remains uncashed for a period of 7 years.
*Please note. This does NOT include Bail Bonds. Please see Abandoned Bonds.
What does this mean to me?
The Circuit Clerk’s office mails due diligence letters in August to anyone who has monies due from us for the above specified matters in the sum of $10.00 or more that is about to become Unclaimed Property. The letters are mailed to the last known address we have on file & we allow until 10/15 for us to be contacted. If you receive a letter, please follow the steps stated on the correspondence to claim your money.
How do I know if I have Unclaimed Property?
The State Treasurer holds 2.5 billion dollars in unclaimed funds for Illinoisians. Their office encourages everyone to check their website for your name. Once the property is turned over to them, you MUST follow the instructions on their site for claim.