May 2, 2012
By Anthony Brino | Illinois Statehouse News
SPRINGFIELD — A bill requiring local governments to post financial information could help to expose and prevent fraud, supporters of the measure say.
The proposal comes after federal charges were filed against Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell, who is accused of taking $53 million from taxpayers.
The Illinois Policy Institute looked at 130 local governments, and measured them based on transparency.
“After seeing how little public information is available on Dixon’s website, it’s no surprise that the alleged theft went under the radar for so long,” said Brian Costin, director of government reform for the institute.
Crundwell became comptroller of Dixon, a town of about 16,000 people, in 1983. Some seven years later, court documents said, Dixon began funneling city funds into personal bank accounts, using the money to buy a horse farm, several cars and a $2.1 million motor home.
Crundwell is charged with one count of wire fraud, a felony.
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