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Dateline Dixon: ‘Rita’ rides at local party

Credit some Dixon-area residents for having a sense of humor.

No question the federal wire fraud charges former comptroller Rita Crundwell will plead guilty to this morning in connection with a case in which she is accused of taking millions from the city is a serious matter, and a topic that gets residents hot.

As humans, however, we can digest only so many court dates and live auctions before stopping for a satirical laugh.

With that said, it should come as no shock someone at City Hall told me they went to a Halloween party near Amboy and saw Rita Crundwell.

Not the real Rita, of course.

And not just one Rita. Four of them.

The partiers wore ponytails and Western attire with cowboy hats and boots.

One faux Rita came in an RV with Crundwell’s “RC” logo on the side. She got out of the RV with a half dozen “horses,” all sporting a bedazzled RC “brand” on their back pockets. 

After some time sharing photos and drinks, those in attendance were greeted with a surprise: A crew of four dressed as FBI agents showed up to the party to arrest the costumed Rita.

I hope this brings a smile for some of you. For others, it may not.

While the resolution of this story is sure to take on many serious tones as Crundwell pleads guilty in federal court, and as we await the resolution of theft charges in Lee County and dissect the financial ramifications to the city, it’s a healthy reminder that there’s always time for a laugh.

Sometimes it’s just the healthy thing to do.

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