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Prosecute Crundwell again?

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 7:44 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 7:47 p.m. CDT

DIXON – The Dixon City Council would like to see state charges on Rita Crundwell move “full steam ahead.”

Lee County State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller asked Mayor Jim Burke to get input from city commissioners Tuesday in regard to state charges against the former comptroller, who was sentenced Feb. 14 to 19 years, 7 months in federal prison for stealing nearly $54 million from the city.

Crundwell is charged in Lee County with 60 counts of theft for stealing more than $11 million from the city since January 2010. If convicted, that sentence will run concurrent to the federal sentence.

Sacco-Miller said last week she would get information from city officials to determine the best course of action.

Commissioner Jeff Kuhn said the crime was not against the council, but the residents of Dixon. He echoed Burke, saying charges should move “full steam ahead.”

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

Commissioner Dennis Considine said he would like to see charges go forward but did not want to speculate on the state’s attorney’s responsibilities.

Commissioner David Blackburn said he was not qualified to make this decision and chose not to give a comment either way.

Dixon resident Carol Fisher said she favors the state case proceeding.

Crundwell’s Lee County public defender, Bob Thompson, is considering filing a motion to dismiss the case on the grounds that it may constitute double jeopardy.

Sacco-Miller said the federal judge thought his sentence would serve justice for both state and federal systems.

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