Dixon

Dixon Public Works Director Resigns

Jun 28, 2016
city of Dixon

  Dixon Public Works Director Tim Ridder has resigned.  

He was hired in October to consolidate the city’s various public works departments.  These included water, sewer, cemetery, and public properties. 

Bringing these groups under one roof was part of Dixon’s transition to a city manager form of government.  This transition was designed to avoid individuals isolating themselves within a single department.  These precise conditions allowed former City Comptroller Rita Crundwell to embezzle $53 million from 1983 to 2012.

To Avoid Another Crundwell, Dixon Changes Government

Apr 25, 2016
City of Dixon, Illinois

The city of Dixon radically restructured its government to a council-manager format. The changes come in the wake of the Rita Crundwell embezzlement scandal.  Officials hope these adjustments will prevent a similar case of fraud.  

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Want to buy a trophy? Bridget Edgar hopes so. She’s the winner of the U.S. Marshals Service auction of hundreds of Rita Crundwell’s trophies, plaques, and statues. 

Crundwell is the former comptroller of Dixon who stole nearly $54 million from her hometown. Much of it was used to support her award-winning horse-breeding operations. She is now serving a nearly two-decade prison sentence. Her horses, homes and other possessions have been auctioned off by the federal government to help pay the cost of her prosecution and repay the city of Dixon.

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Heroin users in one northwestern Illinois county are finding an unusual ally when they’re ready to give up drugs…their local police.

U.S. Marshals Service

There’s still more money to be wrung from the former Dixon comptroller’s assets. Another auction of Rita Crundwell’s possessions begins next week. 

U.S. Marshals have recovered and returned about $9.5 million of the nearly $54 million Crundwell stole from the city of Dixon. Crundwell embezzled the money from the city’s coffers over two decades. She was convicted of fraud in 2012.

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The latest online auction for Rita Crundwell's belongings is now over. According to a release from the U.S. Marshals Service, the auction brought in $46,000. The highest sold item was an English saddle for $2,040. The former Dixon comptroller is now behind bars after stealing millions of dollars from the city to support her lavish lifestyle.

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A police shooting-death in Ferguson, Missouri is the motivation behind a northern Illinois police chief's desire to put body cameras on his officers. Dixon police Chief Danny Langloss requested money from the city to buy eight cameras for the department. 

Langloss says he wanted the cameras after the August 20-14 death of Michael Brown. Brown's death sparked protests across the country and raised questions about increased oversight of police. As more cities consider the use of body cameras, a proposed Illinois law would establish guidelines for their use.

BorgWarner To Expand Operations In Dixon

Aug 14, 2014
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BorgWarner is expanding its operations in Dixon, Illinois.

The loan repayment between Dixon's fire chief and Rita Crundwell has been satisfied, with interest compounded, to the satisfaction of the U.S. government. According to Lynzey Donahue, a spokesperson with the U.S. Marshals Service, the money from Timothy and Diane Shipman will be applied "in partial satisfaction to the restitution order issued by the U.S. District Court in United States v. Crundwell." 

The repayment, along with other money recently recovered, will be transferred to the city of Dixon.

A New Way Of Cutting Checks At Dixon City Hall

Apr 17, 2014

It was two years ago this week when one of the biggest cases of municipal fraud in U.S. history began to unfold. Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell was arrested for stealing for more than $50 million from the city. Crundwell is now serving time in federal prison.

In Dixon, city officials continue to implement reforms they hope will prevent similar action in the future.

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