Patch Flash: State Seeks Owners of $1.5 Billion in Unclaimed Cash
Chicagoland news to talk about: Will County cuts polling places to save $200,000; Cook County deals with $315 million budget shortfall.
Bond was set at $2 million for a Sleepy Hollow man accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail in the deli section of the Algonquin Caputo's grocery store Sunday, according to the Algonquin Patch.
Fabian J. Torres, 24, has been charged with aggravated arson after allegedly throwing a bomb made out of a bottle filled with flammable liquid in the Algonquin Caputo's on Sunday afternoon, leaving one man injured. Torres told a shopper he threw the bomb because he was Native American and people ruined his land
Looking for some lost money? The state treasurer’s office is trying to match money with owners through its Cash Dash program. The Unclaimed Property Division currently has $1.5 billion in cash, plus the contents from Illinois bank safety deposit boxes that have been abandoned for at least five years. In addition, a new state law now requires employers to turn over unclaimed paychecks to the treasurer’s office after the paychecks have been abandoned for one year. The law previously required paychecks to the treasurer’s office after five years.
Will County has found a way to do deal with less revenue. The Will County Board cut the number of polling places from 445 to 303 and is hoping to save $200,000. Having fewer election judges, field technicians and voting machines could save up to $200,000, Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots said.
Meanwhile, Cook County is scrambling to find a solution for a projected $315 million budget shortfall, according to Winnetka-Glencoe Patch. Commissioner Gregg Goslin (R-Glenview) sees the shortfall as an opportunity for growth by the board as an institution. He is not willing to make any department safe from the effects of the scalpel. “With two thirds of the budget going to the jail and the health care system, I expect the bulk of the cuts to come from there. We will look at everything,” Goslin said.
Area pastors are getting ready to remember 9/11. Chicago Heights Pastor Arthur Guice is the Cook County Coordinator for a nationwide prayer gathering called Cry Out America! that marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11. He is calling on people of all faiths to make time for a prayer for renewal and awakening this coming Sept. 11. "9/11 was a wakeup call," Guice said. "It's amazing to me that the two sites (the World Trade Center and the Pentagon) that were attacked were symbols of American pride, military and money. It reminds me that God is calling us to trust Him, not to be arrogant."