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Rita Crundwell

10 Corruption Quotes From Illinois Politicians

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.16.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Sometimes a politician's best speech comes on the witness stand. Here is an updated collection of quotes directly from corrupt Illinois politicians, o...

Appeal Court Upholds Sentence Of Official Who Bilked Town For Millions

AP | Posted 11.16.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court is upholding a nearly 20-year prison sentence for a thieving former bookkeeper who stole almost $54 million f...

Why You Should Resist Term Limit Temptation

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.26.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

We're hearing a lot about term limits these days because Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner has started a strongly financed initiative to add term limits to the Illinois Constitution.

Ex-Comptroller Who Stole $53 Million From Town Gets Nearly 20 Years

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 04.16.2013 | Chicago

ROCKFORD, Ill. — A former city bookkeeper was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison Thursday for embezzling more than $53 million from her Illi...

Ex-Comptroller Who Bilked Town For $53 Million Wants Leniency

AP | JASON KEYSER | Posted 04.08.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — An attorney for a former small-town Illinois bookkeeper who stole a staggering $53 million in public funds is arguing for a lenient pr...

Town Comptroller's Limited-Edition Saddle Hits Auction Block

Daily Gazette, Sterling, Ill. | Tara Becker | Posted 02.13.2013 | Chicago

DIXON -- A hand-crafted, limited-edition saddle and the display podium on which it sits, both custom-made for Rita Crundwell by an Oklahoma leather cr...

Embezzling Ex-Comptroller's Bizarre Tastes Revealed

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 12.07.2012 | Chicago

DIXON, Ill. -- Rita Crundwell spared no expense when she built and furnished her sprawling home with custom touches like a chandelier made of old revo...

Small Town's Ex-Comptroller Pleads Guilty In $53 Million Scam

AP | JASON KEYSER | Posted 01.14.2013 | Chicago

ROCKFORD, Ill. — A federal prosecutor said Wednesday that a small-town Illinois bookkeeper's admission that she embezzled more than $50 million ...

Small Town's Ex-Comptroller To Plead Guilty In $53 Million Scam

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 01.13.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A former comptroller accused of stealing $53 million from her small northern Illinois city to fund a lavish lifestyle, including one o...

Town Comptroller Pleads Not Guilty To Stealing $53 Million

AP | ROBERT RAY | Posted 05.07.2012 | Chicago

ROCKFORD, Ill. -- The former comptroller of a small northern Illinois city pleaded not guilty Monday to charges alleging she stole more than $53 milli...

Feds Take Horses From City Bookkeeper Accused With Stealing Millions

AP | JASON KEYSER | Posted 05.05.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- The animals seized from a renowned horse breeder accused of using her day job as a city bookkeeper to steal millions in public funds have t...

Feds: Small Town Comptroller Actually Stole $53 Million

AP | Posted 05.02.2012 | Chicago

DIXON, Ill. -- The former financial officer for the small northern Illinois city of Dixon stole millions of dollars more than originally thought, fede...

Small Town Swindle Suspect Allegedly Spent Stolen Millions On Horses

AP | JASON KEYSER | Posted 04.27.2012 | Chicago

DIXON, Ill. -- The small-town bookkeeper dazzled friends and co-workers with invitations to her immaculate horse ranch and home, where she displayed t...

Comptroller Allegedly Embezzled Millions To Fund Horse Breeding Business [UPDATE]

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.19.2012 | Business

Municipal budgets around the country have been squeezed tight in recent years, and a city official in one town allegedly exacerbated those financial w...