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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.

Republican lawmakers have criticized parts of Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to close a $2.7 billion gap in Illinois' Medicaid program, which includes a $1 per pack increase in Illinois’ cigarette tax. 

And doctors say Quinn's proposed cuts to reimbursement rates for medical services would be devastating.  Laura Shea, president of the Sangamon County Medical Society, says doctors already get less money from the state for treating public aid patients than they do for patients with private insurance.

What did Gov. Pat Quinn propose to do about Medicaid?

How did home sales perform in March?

Where does Illinois rank in creating clean jobs?

Why is Sheila Simon looking for volunteers?

All that -- plus links to more information -- follows ...

Illinois House Approves Constitutional Amendment

Apr 19, 2012

 

A proposed constitutional amendment on pension laws continues to advance in the Illinois legislature. 

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Dixon Mayor James Burke held a news conference Wednesday morning in Dixon, Ill., to address several issues regarding the arrest of City Comptroller Rita A. Crundwell on a federal charge of misappropriating $3.2 million in city funds.

Burke thanked the FBI for its efforts and ann0unced that Crundwell is suspended without pay pending resolution of the charges against her. He said he "literally became sick to my stomach" while meeting with agents on the case.

The mayor declined to answer any questions from reporters in attendance, including WNIJ's Susan Stephens. Here is the text of Mayor Burke's statement:

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Read an interesting twist on this case at www.theatlanticcities.com

DIXON — Rita A. Crundwell, the Dixon city comptroller who was arrested Tuesday on a federal charge of defrauding the City of Dixon of more than $3.2 million in public funds since last fall, was released from federal custody Wednesday. Her freedom while she awaits trial, however, rests on a number of conditions agreed upon by her attorneys, federal prosecutors, and federal magistrate P. Michael Mahoney.

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The head of the Illinois' largest organization for lawyers says the group supports allowing cameras in courtrooms. Illinois has been one of only 14 states where cameras were limited or prohibited in trial courtrooms. The Illinois Supreme Court approved a pilot program allowing media coverage in January.  John Locallo is President of the Illinois State Bar Association.  Speaking in Freeport, he says the new policy is another step toward transparency/

Tax Filing Deadline Approaches

Apr 14, 2012

Taxpayers have some extra time this year to file their state and federal tax returns. The annual April 15th deadline falls on a Sunday. The following day, Monday, April 16th is a holiday in the District of Columbia. That means this year's deadline falls on Tuesday, April 17th. Officials say more people are filing online. You can file your state income tax return for free at www.tax.Illinois.gov 

Illinois' Township Governments Make Their Case

Apr 11, 2012

 

The performance of township governments in Illinois was on display Tuesday night.

State Audit Finds Problems with FOID Program

Apr 6, 2012

Illinois' Firearm Owners Identification program has a heap of problems. That's according to an audit released this week. The state Auditor General says some of those problems put public safety at risk. The report says too often state police don't know when they grant FOID cards if the applicant has a disqualifying mental health condition. The audit also found 70% of revoked registration cards never get back to police. The Illinois State Police says the number of requests for FOID cards has steadily increased over the past few years, but its resources are limited.

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