Topinka reminds shoppers to look for EverCASH sticker at retailers

Topinka reminds shoppers to look for EverCASH sticker at retailers


SPRINGFIELD—If you’ve ever scrambled to use a gift certificate because the expiration date is just around the corner, Illinois State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka has the solution—gift certificates with no expiration dates.

“Gift certificates make great holiday gifts, and it’s even better when they don’t expire,” said Topinka. “Through our EverCASH program, participating retailers offer gift certificates that are good forever. No more rushing around to spend a gift certificate before it expires. How many times have you bought something you really didn’t need or want because you had to use up the gift certificate? With EverCASH gift certificates, that’s a thing of the past.”

Holiday shoppers can find participating EverCASH retailers by looking for an EverCASH sticker on the cash register or at the entrance to a store, said Topinka. More than 400 retailers across Illinois participate in EverCASH, which was developed by Topinka as a consumer-friendly program. Types of retailers participating in EverCASH include clothing stores, hardware stores, book stores, restaurants, furniture stores, movie theaters, grocery stores, spas and beauty salons, music stores and video stores.

In addition to benefiting customers, EverCASH also benefits retailers. Those participating in EverCASH no longer have to report unused gift certificates as unclaimed property. In the past, gift certificates constituted unclaimed property that holders were required to report to the State of Illinois if they were not redeemed within five years of purchase.

Individuals who have gift certificates that have expired more than five years ago from non-participating retailers should contact Topinka’s office at (217) 785-6998 or visit to see if the gift certificates have been submitted to the state as unclaimed property.

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