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Dixon’s money made it home for the holidays

Just in time for Christmas, $9.2 million stolen by Rita Crundwell was returned to the city of Dixon. The holidays are brighter in City Hall, thanks to the feds’ hefty check.

Published: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
(Michael Krabbenhoeft/
A check for more than $9.2 million arrived in the city of Dixon’s mail 2 days before Christmas.

In his signature Christmas song, Perry Como sings, “Oh! There’s no place like home for the holidays.”

That sentiment goes for people, of course.

It also applies to tax dollars.

Rita Crundwell, the former Dixon city comptroller now serving a long prison term, made off with nearly $54 million in public funds before her thefts came to a screeching halt in April 2012.

On Monday, some of that money made it home for the holidays.

The city of Dixon received a big check from the federal government as the city’s portion from the sale of Crundwell’s property.

How big?

Try $9,214,801.45.

What a timely gift for the city!

Officials knew the money was on the way, but it still must have been a thrill when the check arrived in the mail – just like opening a big Christmas present!

Mayor Jim Burke said the money would be deposited in the capital development fund. Possible uses will be decided later.

In this season of giving, we’re pleased that Dixon residents have been given back a big chunk of stolen money. Kudos to the federal government for its opportune timing.

“If you wanna be happy in a million ways, For the holidays you can’t beat home sweet home!” Como sang.

This holiday season, Dixon taxpayers have more than a million ways to ponder their city’s future happiness – $9.2 million, actually.

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