You could be among Illinois residents entitled to a share in $30 million worth of uncashed state checks.

Thousands of state checks payable to taxpayers go uncashed. The Illinois Comptroller has records on more than 100,000 uncashed checks worth more than $30 million over the past decade.

Every year, thousands of state checks payable to taxpayers go uncashed. An application process allows taxpayers to learn whether they can claim an uncashed check worth more than $5, issued within the last ten years. If an uncashed check (also called an escheated warrant) is located, the check replacement process can be started.

Jasper and surrounding county residents can learn how they can apply for this unclaimed money during a Check for Cash event on Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Newton Public Library, located on the northeast corner of the Newton Square. Illinois Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza and her staff invited taxpayer to come with their questions and claims from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 26.

These events are a good way to put government to work for helping taxpayers. There is a variety of reasons why state checks go uncashed.

Some important facts to note on eligibility. Only the person legally entitled to the original warrant, a third party to whom it was properly negotiated, or heirs and legal representatives of the person or party may request a replacement warrant. In the case of a warrant issued to a payee who dies before the warrant is paid by the State Treasurer and whose estate has been probated pursuant to law, the Comptroller may issue a replacement warrant to such person or entity. The entity must submit a certified copy of a judicial order establishing the person or entity entitled to payment.

Any uncashed checks dating back more than 10 years are not eligible for the Check for Cash program, based on state statute.