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DATELINE DIXON | TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF CRUNDWELL ARREST
Waves of crime still rippling mattMENCARINI Matt Mencarini is a reporter for Sauk Valley Media. You can reach him at mmencarini@ saukvalley. com or 800798-4085, ext. 529.
More changes could come in City Hall
wo years ago today, federal agents were in City Hall, collecting computers and records and arresting Comptroller Rita Crundwell. The waves of her crime still are making their way through Dixon and through the federal agencies
that seized and sold her assets and prosecuted her. The U.S. Marshals Service has sold nearly all of Crundwell’s assets and given the city about $9.2 million in restitution. But more assets remain – a share in a land partnership and some bank accounts. And
marshals continues to look for more. Crundwell, who admitted to stealing nearly $54 million from the city over two decades, still can appeal her federal prison sentence of 19 years, 7 months.
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Interactive timeline Go to www.ShawURL.com/CrundwellTimeline for an interactive timeline of former Comptroller Rita Crundwell’s theft, arrest, sentencing and more.
Recovery has French connection With some elbow grease, bistro joining west-end resurgence BY KATHLEEN A. SCHULTZ firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 5535
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U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger speaks with community leaders Wednesday morning at Woods Equipment Co. in Oregon. Kinzinger toured the plant and spoke in support of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ “I Make America” campaign, whose truck (shown below) made one of its nationwide, awareness-raising stops at the factory Wednesday. Go to www.imakeamerica.com for more information on that campaign.
Woods investing, growing Factory adding 23 jobs; Kinzinger optimistic on manufacturing BY DAVID GIULIANI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 5525
OREGON – With the economy ticking up, so is Woods Equipment Co. in Oregon, executives say. The company, which employs 300, plans to add 23 more jobs to its factory, where backhoes and other attachments for tractors are made. Last year, Woods, a division of Portland, Ore.-based Blount International, added a laser cutting system, which was the “biggest investment in 20 years,” said Mark Miller, the company’s chief financial officer. Executives said the equipment improves the plant’s accuracy and efficiency.
DIXON – A taste of the French countryside will be on the menu of local restaurants come this summer. Linda Knoll, of Dixon, has bought the former Fung Ming building downtown, where she hopes to open her 319 Bistro by the Fourth of July. It’s yet another business joining a kind of west-end renaissance. The breakfast-lunch-and-dinner bistro will have a French country theme, but all kinds of homemade food – French, Mexican, chicken, steaks, pastries, crepes, and on and on and on. She’s in negotiations with a local chef or two, and still is looking for a line cook and some wait staff. Alcohol will be served, but she’s shooting for a very particular atmosphere. “I want it to be a restaurant with a bar,” Knoll said, “not a bar with a restaurant,” like an Applebees or a Buffalo Wild Wings. FRENCH CONTINUED ON A5
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OGLE COUNTY | SHERIFF’S DEPT. ADMINISTRATIVE TOW FUND
Official: It’s right time for forensic audit Gouker does not suspect criminal activity related to tow fund BY MATT MENCARINI email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 5529
Board chairman Kim Gouker
OREGON – Ogle County’s administrative tow fund could get a closer look in the next few months. During the Ogle County Board meeting Tuesday night, ChairTODAY’S EDITION: 28 PAGES 2 SECTIONS VOL. 160 ISSUE 93
man Kim Gouker voiced support for a forensic audit of the sheriff’s department fund. In February, during an executive committee meeting, Gouker opposed a call for a forensic audit, saying that its intention is to find criminal activity and there was no suspicion of a crime.
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On Wednesday, Gouker said he still didn’t suspect criminal activity related to the tow fund, but said it’s the right time to conduct the audit, now that the primary election is over and the county’s regular audit is finished.
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Linda Knoll has had her work cut out for her, cleaning up the old Fung Ming restaurant in Dixon. Knoll will open a bistro at the location.
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Charles Babler, 65, Mount Morris, appeared in court Monday with his attorney, Charles D a v i d Babler Tess. Babler, formerly the campus pastor at Crossroads Community Church in Polo, was
arrested last June 21 on a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony. The arrest stemmed from an investigation into a single incident that took place in early 2011. Assistant Stateâ€™s Attorney Joshua Versluys told Ogle County Judge Robert Hanson that the trial should take 2 days. Hanson set the trial to
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It also frees up space in the 400,000-square-foot building, which will be used to make other yetto-be-determined products, Miller said. On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, toured the plant and spoke to workers at an outside rally sponsored by the Association of Equipment Manufacturersâ€™ â€œI Make Americaâ€? campaign. Shortly before 11 a.m., employees stood outside as winds whipped the U.S., Illinois and Woods flags overhead. The congressman, in a suit and tie, told the crowd that he was optimistic about the economy, par-
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