Dixon, Illinois

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Dixon is a city in Illinois.

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The good

  • Contact information for city council members is included.[1]
  • Meeting minutes and agendas are available.[2]
  • Contact information for administration officials is posted.[3]
  • Zoning ordinances and building permits are posted.[4]

The bad

  • Budget information is not posted
  • Annual financial audits are not posted.
  • Information on how to file a public records request is not posted.
  • City contracts and bids are not posted.
  • No information on taxpayer funded lobbying is available.
  • Information on local taxes is not available.

Comptroller arrested

The Dixon comptroller was arrested April 17, 2012 by FBI agents on a federal charge for allegedly defrauding the City of Dixon of more than $3.2 million in public funds since the fall of 2011. Additionally, a federal criminal complaint alleged that the defendant, Rita A. Crundwell, 58, of Dixon, had misappropriated more than $30 million in city funds since 2006 to finance her own lavish lifestyle, including operating a horse farm.[5]

Crundwell handled all finances for the city and has the appointed position of comptroller since the early 1980s. She earned an annual salary of $80,000.[6]

According to the complaint, Crundwell received four weeks of paid vacation annually and she took an additional 12 weeks of unpaid vacation in 2011. In October 2011, while Crundwell was away from work, a Dixon employee who served as her replacement requested all of the city’s bank statements. After reviewing them, the employee brought the records of a particular account to the mayor's attention. The mayor reported Crundwell to law enforcement authorities.[7]

The final indictment listed Crundwell's thefts at $53 million dollars.[8]

As a result of the findings, the city sued its auditors, Janis Card Associates, for not finding any irregularities in the accounting.[8]

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