THE ISSUE: Treasurer Dan Rutherford came to East Peoria last week to promote his cash dash program.



WHAT WE THINK: The program is important to residents of the state for many reasons, including giving credibility back to state officeholders.


THE ISSUE: Treasurer Dan Rutherford came to East Peoria last week to promote his cash dash program.

WHAT WE THINK: The program is important to residents of the state for many reasons, including giving credibility back to state officeholders.

For families struggling in tough economic times, any bit of financial help can make a difference.

Fortunately, the Illinois treasurer’s office has a program in place that helps Illinois residents find what they are owed by the state and recompensates them.

The program is called “Cash Dash,” and Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford stopped in Chillicothe, among other local towns, to promote it and show area residents how it works.

Through Cash Dash, residents of the Land of Lincoln are reunited with unclaimed property in their name. Some of these properties include forgotten bank accounts, safe deposit boxes, stocks, mutual funds and un-cashed checks and wages. The state is currently holding $1.5 billion in unclaimed property.

“As treasurer of the state of Illinois, I receive what’s called unclaimed property and hold it in the name of the person until it’s returned to the rightful owner,” Rutherford said at one of the Cash Dash events.

This program is nothing new, but due to the social media explosion, finding people who are owed property is a mouse click away.

It is important for Illinois citizens to take advantage of this program. While most of the property that can be claimed has monetary value, other items from lock boxes can include priceless items such as family photos, gold coins, jewelry and wills. For individuals lacking funds, and family memories, the Cash Dash program can truly make a difference.

Another important aspect of this program is that it gives transparency and accountability to the state-wide offices that have been overrun with scandals and corruption over the last several decades.

Just reuniting Illinoisans with their property by itself isn’t enough to totally restore faith in the state’s government, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.