Wow, 9 years is a long time. You should have filed suit in court 9 years ago to get your money back, and this would have been sorted out. The Illinois State Treasurer was supposed to have been given the money already. If the broker took the money or dispersed it without your permission or a court order, they could be in some trouble, although the broker is only required to keep records as old as five years. If I were you, I would contact the real estate BROKER and find out what happened to the money. See if they will provide you with any records. The first step is tracking down the money, and then you probably need to file suit to get it back. But being so long ago, people are going to be hard to find, and records are likely destroyed. You're probably going to have a hard time finding your money.