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The Chicago area governments may owe you money. How to find it: NewsChicago

COOK COUNTY PROPERTY TAX REFUNDS Are you eligible for money? Check the following four places. We’ll be adding more lists of unclaimed funds in the coming weeks.

WHERE TO LOOK: If you are a Cook County homeowner, the Pappas office has a search tool that can be used to determine if a refund is due.

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas wants to see if she owes you any money. Pappas’ office says it has more than $ 72 million in total that it plans to return to property owners and another $ 43 million in missing exemptions.

HOW TO REQUEST AN EXPLANATION: Find your address or Property Index Number (PIN). Then look for the section “Are you overpaying for your PIN?” and – if available – complete the online application to start the refund process.


News5 Investigates and Telemundo Investiga found that the city of Chicago holds more than $ 12 million in unpaid checks from more than 19,000 people and companies across the Chicago area, including many who are currently employees of the city. We found checks from 1987 for amounts ranging from a few cents to more than half a million dollars.

WHERE TO LOOK: There’s no easy way to know if you have one of these checks due since the city doesn’t publish their list unless someone knows they ask. We had to file a Freedom of Information request to get it. And Chicago doesn’t obey any state law requiring cities to hand their un cashed checks to the Illinois Treasurer so people can’t find them on the state’s ICash website.

HOW TO REQUEST CURRENT CLAIMS AVAILABLE: When you find money, the Chicago Treasury Department publishes two claim forms to get it: this one for individuals to complete and this one for businesses. The city also says that if you have any questions about how to claim your money, you can email them [email protected]

So News5 Investigates and Telemundo Investiga have developed our own search tool so that you can look up any unpaid checks the city may have in store for you:


News5 Investigates and Telemundo Investiga have found a total of $ 16,434,927.20 in unclaimed funds from bankruptcy proceedings in Illinois and the Chicago area that are currently attributable to more than 70,000 creditors, including unclaimed amounts up to 24,305, $ 92 in local cases dating back to 1966. Nationwide, News5 Investigates found unclaimed bankruptcy money from more than 915,000 creditors.

WHERE TO LOOK: We created this exclusive search tool to help you locate unclaimed funds from local bankruptcy cases. Our tool includes all unclaimed funds held in five bankruptcy courts in the area: Illinois’ Northern District (ILNB); Central District (ILCB) and Southern District (ILSB); Indiana’s Northern District (INNB) and Wisconsin Eastern District (WIEB) from November 2021.

You can also search for unclaimed bankruptcy funds nationwide using the US Courts Unclaimed Funds Locator.

HOW TO EXPLAIN EXPLANATION: If you do find money, follow the instructions that apply to the court where your unclaimed funds are held:

Use this form with instructions here to solicit funds from the Northern District of Illinois Bankruptcy Court from the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bankruptcy Court, call the main court phone number at (414) 297-3291 on these instructions to solicit funds from the bankruptcy court of the southern district of Illinois.

You may already know the Illinois ICash search page, but even if so, you should check it again. The Illinois State Treasurer currently holds more than $ 3.5 billion in unclaimed funds for tens of millions of people – and that could include you, your family, or your friends.


HOW TO CLAIM FOR YOUR MONEY: News5 Investigates and Telemundo Chicago Investiga found that names and addresses are often misspelled on this list, listing a lot of people in homes they have not lived in in decades, so you may find some extra money if you try different spellings or look for old addresses. When you find money, hit the claim button for each unclaimed property and fill out the online form. The state will then send you an email that contains another form detailing the exact amounts to which you are entitled.

WHERE TO LOOK: The state of Illinois is constantly adding new properties to its list, which means that even if you’ve previously requested money from the state, there may be new money waiting for you now. This is where you can search for any unclaimed funds.

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