comptroller

Rita Crundwell Case
4:45 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Dixon: How Would YOU Spend $40-million?

Dark clouds moving out of Dixon?
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The city of Dixon has an unusual problem: how to spend $40 million. Citizens get their say tonight.

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-Illinois
4:51 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Illinois Comptroller: $1B Needed to Get Through the Year

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka
Credit state of Illinois

Illinois' top fiscal officer says state agencies need about one billion dollars to get through the remaining fiscal year. Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says the state needs more money for programs such as child welfare and workers' compensation.

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Government
10:18 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Not guilty plea in Dixon case: expert urges public to be aware of fraud

Rita Crundwell leaves the federal courthouse in Rockford, flanked by her attorneys Paul Gaziano and Kristen Carpenter
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell pleaded “not guilty” in federal court in Rockford Monday. She’s accused of stealing 53-million dollars from her hometown over the past 20 years.

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Government
2:18 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Estimates now at $53 million stolen from Dixon

The city of Dixon may be out 20-million dollars more than originally thought in the case against its former comptroller. Federal prosecutors have now charged Rita Crundwell with stealing 53-million dollars over the past 22 years. In the original complaint against Crundwell, she was accused of embezzling an estimated 30-million since 2006 to “support her lavish lifestyle.”

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Government
1:53 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Dixon comptroller fired

The City of Dixon has fired its comptroller. City Council members voted unanimously today to fire Rita Crundwell, retroactive to the day she was arrested on federal wire fraud charges.

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Government
7:40 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Dixon reacts to comptroller arrest, media attention

The city of Dixon garnered the world’s attention this week with the arrest of the city’s comptroller. Rita Crundwell was charged in federal court with wire fraud, related to more than 3 million dollars missing from the city’s coffers since last Fall. Federal investigators also accuse her of embezzling more than 30-million dollars from the city over the past six years. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens has been following the story all week. She spoke with Jenna Dooley about the case and what she learned about the 58-year-old Dixon native while talking to people who know her.

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