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Dixon Commissioner Brechon: 'I hope the story has ended'

Created: Thursday, May 2, 2013 1:30 a.m. CDT
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 1:20 p.m. CDT

DIXON – State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller is gaining support for her decision to drop state criminal charges against Rita Crundwell.

On Tuesday night, Dixon Commissioner Colleen Brechon became the latest Dixon city official to come out in favor of the prosecutor’s action.

“I think it’s a sound decision based on the facts, and financially a good one for Lee County and the city of Dixon,” she said in a message left with Sauk Valley Media. “I would hope that the story ended, but you never know.”

Brechon joined Mayor Jim Burke and Commissioner Jeff Kuhn in backing Sacco-Miller’s decision. Commissioners Dennis Considine and David Blackburn declined to comment.

In February, Sacco-Miller asked the City Council about whether the state’s attorney’s office should proceed with the state case. That was after a federal judge had sentenced Crundwell, the city’s former comptroller, to 19 years, 7 months in prison for wire fraud. Crundwell admitted to theft of nearly $54 million from the city over two decades. She must serve at least 16 years.

During a council meeting at the time, every member but Blackburn supported proceeding with the state case. Blackburn said he wasn’t qualified to make a decision and chose not to comment.

“Given the magnitude of the crime to the city, I’d like to see the evidence pursued,” Brechon said during that meeting.

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