Tourists in Springfield can add something unusual to their itinerary the week of July 23: the treasurer’s vault, two stories underground in the state Capitol. This is the second year Treasurer Dan Rutherford has opened the big door for people to see such artifacts as vintage currency, a 1968 deposit impact report, and unopened boxes of 1983 baseball cards. The tours will be offered every half hour between 9 a. m. and 4 p. m. July 23-27.
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Rutherford says about 1,100 people took advantage of the opportunity last year. Also that week, the office will conduct its quarterly online auction of unclaimed items. “We really didn’t know what to expect,” says the treasurer, adding planned construction will mean no tour next year. While some of the items would serve as an unofficial museum of the treasurer’s office, many of them are held as unclaimed property. That program will conduct its quarterly online auction the same week as the tours. http://treasurer.illinois.gov, click on Cash Dash for unclaimed property; click on Auction for the auction.