11/14/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Millions In Government Money Disappears This Week

CHICAGO -- While a slumping economy is leaving many people struggling to balance the soaring costs of housing, gas, food, and health care, nearly 100,000 residents from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties have failed to take advantage of their economic stimulus rebate - leaving close to $30 million unclaimed.

With a Wednesday, October 15 deadline looming, AARP is working hard with the IRS to get the message out and help people get their money before it's too late. Nearly 70% of those who haven't filed in Illinois are over the age of 65. Since the summer, AARP has undertaken an aggressive effort to ensure people have the facts they need to claim the stimulus rebate money. On October 7, nearly 10,000 individuals connected online with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, AARP State Director Bob Gallo and IRS leaders, in a Tele Town Hall to get critical information on how to claim their $300-$600 federal rebate checks.

"People across the nation and here in Illinois are struggling in a tough economy. This is not the time for anyone to leave money on the table," Gallo said. "AARP is working to ensure older Illinoisans, veterans and disabled individuals who don't usually file income taxes don't miss out on the federal rebate money that could soften the blow of the current economic downturn."

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