Rita Crundwell

Susan Stephens/WNIJ

The story of the nation’s largest case of municipal embezzlement finally hit the big screen in Illinois, with the debut of All the Queen’s Horses in Dixon.

The subject seemed irresistible for a filmmaker: a bottomless well of money, corruption at city hall, gold-plated extravagance -- and horses. But filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope had another reason for being drawn to the story of Rita Crundwell, Dixon’s former comptroller who stole nearly $54 million from her hometown.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The woman who blew the whistle on former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell received a national award this weekend. Kathe Swanson was Dixon’s city clerk when she discovered accounting irregularities in 2011, which eventually revealed that Crundwell stole more than $53 million from the city.

Swanson was presented the Ethical Courage Award by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy at a screening of the documentary All the Queen’s Horses, by filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope, who featured Swanson in her film.

Dixon Appoints New City Clerk

Sep 28, 2016
city of Dixon

Dixon is restructuring its finance department by appointing a new city clerk. 

The department’s office manager, Becky Fredericks, will take the position, while retaining her key finance and HR duties.  The job shift is expected to save the city around $70,000 each year. Saukvalley.com reports  some managerial duties will return to Finance Director Paula Meyer, while others will be spread among current administrative staff.

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.  

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The fourth online auction of former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell’s personal possessions is up and running. It began Tuesday. 

The auction features items from about 200 lots that did not sell in a previous auction, according to Sauk Valley Media. Offerings include leather jackets, sweatshirts, a fur vest, jeans, and a fur coat. The U.S. Marshals Service Asset Forfeiture Division lowered opening bids on the items this go-round in an attempt to attract more buyers.

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