State Rep. Mike Halpin, D-Rock Island, is highlighting a program to reunite local taxpayers and small businesses with uncashed checks issued by the State of Illinois through Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza’s Check for Cash program.

Halpin and Comptroller Mendoza Remind Area Residents to Check for Uncashed Checks   SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  State Rep. Mike Halpin, D-Rock Island, is highlighting a program to reunite local taxpayers and small businesses with uncashed checks issued by the State of Illinois through Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza’s Check for Cash program.   “Considering the amount of unclaimed checks the Comptroller has, it’s likely there are individuals and organizations here in the Quad Cities that have money just sitting there,” Halpin said. “For those who have a relationship with the state, I encourage them to check out the Comptroller’s website and make sure they’ve been fully paid.”   Each year, the State of Illinois issues thousands of checks that go uncashed, most frequently to state employees, local governments and small businesses doing business with a state agency. Over the years, these uncashed checks have accumulated to over $30 million in unclaimed taxpayer money.    Comptroller Mendoza’s Check for Cash website, which can be found at http://illinoiscomptroller.gov/services/check-for-cash, provides a simple way for citizens to find out if an uncashed check is being held in their name and fill out paperwork to make a claim.   “Through our online database, anyone can look up if they have an uncashed check and start the process right there to get that check reissued,” Comptroller Mendoza said. “These checks don’t represent any new spending--they are rightfully owed to someone and I believe we ought to do our part to make sure those taxpayers aren’t shortchanged.”    The Comptroller currently has records of more than 100,000 uncashed checks. For information, please contact Halpin’s full-time constituent service office at 309-558-3612.