Rita Crundwell
6:11 am
Thu April 17, 2014

A New Way Of Cutting Checks At Dixon City Hall

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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Rita Crundwell
4:17 am
Fri December 20, 2013

U.S. Marshals Service: $9.2 Million For Dixon

A piece of Rita Crundwell's jewelry collection
Credit U.S. Marshals

The U.S. Marshals Service has transferred $9.2 million to the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois. According to a news release, the money will be applied to the restitution ordered by the court to be paid to the city of Dixon in the Rita Crundwell fraud case.

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Rita Crundwell Case
6:12 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Ex-Dixon Comptroller's 20-Year Sentence Upheld

Rita Crundwell leaves the federal courthouse in Rockford with her attorneys after initially pleading "not guilty" in May 2012.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Bad news for former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell today: a federal appeals court upheld her nearly 20-year prison sentence.

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Rita Crundwell Case
5:51 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Ideas Abound For Dixon's $40-Million

Dixon's Finance Director Paula Meyer and Police Chief Danny Langloss lead the town hall meeting.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

About 200 people showed up for a town hall meeting in Dixon last night to hear more about the financial state of their city…and offer suggestions on how to spend nearly 40-million dollars.

aired 10/11/13

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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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Rita Crundwell Case
3:12 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Dixon Takes $40-Million Settlement With Auditors And Bank

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Dixon City Council approved a $40-million settlement with auditors and Fifth Third Bank at a special meeting today. The out-of-court settlement was reached on Friday with the companies the city blames for allowing former comptroller Rita Crundwell to embezzle $54-million over twenty years. 

aired 9/26/13 WNIJ

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6:35 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Dixon Debating New Form Of Government

It's been more than a year since the Rita Crundwell scandal rocked the city of Dixon. The former comptroller is serving a federal prison term for embezzling more than $50-million from city coffers. With court proceedings on the back-burner, the community is debating how to move forward with a form of government aimed at restoring public trust.

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8:28 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Dixon Council To Address Credit Card Policy

Credit city of Dixon

The Dixon City Council votes Monday on a credit-card use policy. It comes a month after the resignation of the city's former engineer. He used city-issued credit cards to pay thousands of dollars in personal expenses. He later reimbursed the city for the balance.

SaukValley.com: City Council To Issue Credit Card Policy

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Rita Crundwell
4:50 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Government Finishes Sale of Crundwell Assets

Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

U.S. Marshals Service Says Selling Crundwell's Assets Was Not All "Smooth Sailing"

Federal marshals have now liquidated all of the known assets of Rita Crundwell, the former Dixon comptroller who admitted to embezzling nearly $53 million from the city.

Last week, marshals sold Crundwell’s final three assets, including two vehicles and a trailer. That sale brought in about $36,000.

Crundwell was sentenced in February to 19.5 years in federal prison.

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4:33 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Dixon Strike Ends After Early Morning Negotiations

Credit Dixon Athletics

Teachers in Dixon will head back to class. The school board and teacher's union reached agreement on a four-year contract early Wednesday morning. Classes will resume Wednesday and students will begin standardized testing by the end of this week. 

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