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

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. 

Dixon Debating New Form Of Government

Sep 5, 2013

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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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.

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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.

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. 

Dixon Athletics

In Dixon, teachers and the school board remain split on how to resolve a strike.  Members of the Dixon Education Association bargaining team walked out of contract talks Monday. The main sticking point is salary increases. As they two sides stand apart on a contract, students are supposed to be taking standardized tests.

Dixon Athletics

Teachers in Dixon plan to strike Thursday.  In an open letter to the community, the Dixon Education Association says unresolved issues include continued salary freezes and staffing shortages.

Crundwell Jewelry Auction Nets 250K

Feb 25, 2013
U.S. Marshals Service

A sale of Rita Crundwell's jewelry brought in more than $250,000.  The U.S. Marshals Service reports the highest item went for more than $12,000. The auction was conducted online and the furthest bid came from Hawaii.

The city of Dixon wants state charges against its former comptroller Rita Crundwell to move forward. Crundwell was sentenced last week to more than 19 years in federal prison for embezzling more than 50-million dollars from the city.