I'm such a skeptic when it comes to "free" money or easy money because if it were a real thing we'd all be rich. This is one of those times where I was wrong about something, which has happened many times. If you're lucky, money could be coming your way.

I saw someone share a Facebook post from the Illinois Treasurer's office and did a quick search on the validity of having unclaimed money or property held by their office. It took about sixty seconds to learn this indeed a real program within the Illinois Treasurer's office.

The State Treasurer is holding more than 3.5 billion dollars in unclaimed funds for Illinoisans. The State holds these lost funds until they are claimed by either the original owner or their heirs.

There are a few steps involved but it could be worth your time. There are two URLs you're going to need. (It'll be easy and quick, I promise.)

The first: icash.illinoistreasurer.gov. The other is findmyfunds.com.

How To Find Out If You Have Unclaimed Money or Property in Illinois

You might not even realize the Illinois Treasurer's office might be holding unclaimed money or property for you.

In less than five minutes I learned I have two checks that I am entitled two. They are less than $25 each but who cares, it's my money. Even more, a co-worker of mine discovered the beneficiary of a late relative has a handful of checks greater than $100 waiting to be claimed. If you can spare a few minutes of your day I would recommend visiting the Illinois Treasurer's website or findmyfunds.com.

LOOK: Here are 25 ways you could start saving money today

These money-saving tips—from finding discounts to simple changes to your daily habits—can come in handy whether you have a specific savings goal, want to stash away cash for retirement, or just want to pinch pennies. It’s never too late to be more financially savvy. Read on to learn more about how you can start saving now. [From: 25 ways you could be saving money today]

JB Love is ½ of  Q98.5's Lil Zim & JB In The Morning, weekday mornings from 5:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. Follow him on TwitterInstagram, and TikTok.

Get our free mobile app