I-Cash is the Illinois State Treasurer's Unclaimed Property Division. Formerly called Cash Dash, the unclaimed property program was re-named I-Cash in 2012. It connects state residents with unclaimed property. The state currently has $2.1 billion dollars in cash, plus other assets including everything from stocks and CDs, to safe deposit boxes which need to be returned to Illinois residents. One in eight Illinois residents has an asset to be claimed in I-Cash. The largest will claim is $1.8 million. Most assets are transferred to the state after they've been inactive for at least five years. 

The law that created the unclaimed property program was established in the early 1960's as a consumer protection initiative. The names of 780,000 additional residents were added to the public web database after the state recently double-checked claims from years 1976 to 1992 – a time period before a computer-system upgrade streamlined the database's maintenance.

The Treasurer's office recently posted public notice of the program in the Chicago Sun-Times. Find out if you have unclaimed property here
Springfield, IL.... State Representative McAuliffe's House Bill 6109 passed out of the House on Wednesday by a 114-0-1 vote. HB 6109 provides that the Illinois Supreme Court may establish a pilot program to allow for the filing of petitions for temporary orders of protection and their issuance by electronic (i.e. audio-visual) means. The bill, modeled off similar legislation passed in New York last year, seeks to make the process of filing for an order of protection less stressful on the victims who may be afraid of the consequences of their abuser finding out.

The legislation is supported by the State Appellate Defender, the State’s Attorney Appellate Prosecutor, and the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Chicago, IL … State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) is set to offer his yearly Senior Driving Seminars in collaboration with the Illinois Secretary of State. The classes are offered through May and give senior citizens an opportunity to refresh their memory for the written driving test when renewing their licenses. The seminars are taught by an instructor from the Secretary of State’s Office and include an extensive overview of the contents of the Rules of the Road booklet and sample test.

“Every year, the seniors in my district express to me the importance of these driving seminars. They really accredit their successes on the written portion of the driving test to having been in attendance at this refresher course,” explained Rep. McAuliffe. “I invite any and all senior citizens to these driving seminars as I know they will benefit greatly.”

WHAT: Senior Driving Seminars

WHEN: Tuesday, April 26th at 10:00am – White Eagle Banquet Hall (Niles)

Monday, May 9th at 10am – Schiller Park Community Center 

Wednesday May 18th at 11am – Oriole Park Field House (Chicago)

State Representative Michael McAuliffe presents House Resolution 969 in honor of "Red Sari Day" for South Asian Cardiovascular Disease Awareness. 
Springfield, IL… A vehicle registration relief bill sponsored by State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) is set to move to the Senate. House Bill 4334 says that the Secretary of State cannot impose a delinquent registration renewal fee if a vehicle's registration expires when there has been no notice, by U.S. mail or email, sent to the vehicle owner. The bill further says that law enforcement officers may not issue citations until one month after the registration has expired giving drivers more time to adhere to the law.

“As a casualty of the current budget impasse, many motorists are unknowingly breaking the law,” Rep. McAuliffe said. “These fines and citations are an inconvenient and unfair, especially to older drivers who have difficulty signing up for email notifications. This bill is a commonsense attempt to rectify that.”

Due to the lack of a state budget, the Secretary of State's office suspended the mailing of vehicle registration renewal reminder notices which has led to a significant increase in the number of drivers failing to renew their registration. This legislation is intended to remove the $20 renewal penalty motorists while the Secretary of State is not mailing renewal notices. Should the Secretary of State’s office resume mailing out renewal notices, the office and law enforcement may recommence collecting the delinquency fees.

House Bill 4334 passed unanimously from the House today. 
Vehicle emission test notices will finally be mailed out, despite a state budget stalemate, state officials said Wednesday.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency had stopped mailing the reminders in December because of the state budget crisis. It resumed doing so Wednesday after the testing contractor, Applus Technologies, agreed to eat the cost of the mailings, state EPA officials said. The reminders started to go out Wednesday for vehicles due for emission tests in March, April and May, Illinois EPA spokeswoman Kim Biggs said. That covers as many as 498,000 vehicles, she said.

Because of the delays, the Secretary of State’s office has agreed not to require drivers seeking renewals of their license plate stickers to have emission testing until June 1. Normally, drivers cannot obtain a license plate sticker renewal unless their vehicle has passed emissions testing. 

For more information from the Secretary of State click here.
Springfield, IL… Victims of domestic violence are one step closer to easier access to protection.  State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) filed House Bill 6109 so that the Supreme Court may establish a pilot program to allow domestic violence victims to seek temporary orders of protection through electronic means rather than having to appear in person.

“This legislation seeks to make the process of filing for an order of protection less stressful on victims who may be afraid of the consequences of their abuser finding out or otherwise have difficulty filing for protection,” Rep. McAuliffe said. "We should explore whatever efforts we can to try to make this emotionally difficult process more painless."

Currently domestic violence victims face significant obstacles in securing protection from their abusers. Some victims require immediate temporary orders of protection, but have no means to travel to the appropriate family court or they fear the consequences of their abuser finding out. To remove these obstacles and ensure these victims are able to secure much-needed orders of protection, this bill would allow the Supreme Court to develop a pilot program to allow victims to petition for temporary orders of protection remotely through audio-visual means.

HB 6109 passed unanimously from the Judiciary-Civil Committee and will now head to the floor for full consideration. 

On Wednesday morning State Representative McAuliffe (R-Chicago) testified with fellow Representative Winger (R-Bloomingdale) in front of the House Revenue and Finance Committee. Testimony was given on House Bill 4396, a bill which would provide an income tax credit to homeowners affected by O'Hare noise who chose to soundproof their homes.

Representative McAuliffe testified in Committee on behalf of HB 4396 which provides noise relief for constituents who have been negatively impacted by increased jet noise as a result of O'Hare expansion. To read more about the legislation click HERE.