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WEEKEND ENTERPRISE | GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY
New set of eyes on books? Some agencies stick with same auditors; others rotate BY DAVID GIULIANI email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 5525
DIXON – The city of Dixon stuck with the same auditing firm for decades, a relationship that ended with the arrest of the city’s comptroller in 2012. Last year, months after Rita Crundwell was sent to prison, CliftonLarsonAllen settled a civil lawsuit with the city for $35 million. That was in response to the city’s claim that the firm’s annual review of city finances had failed to catch Crundwell’s
theft of nearly $54 million. Depositions indicated that members of CliftonLarsonAllen’s staff were personally close to Crundwell. One of the firm’s accountants had even asked Crundwell for a date. She said no. Long ago, the auditors would go to a bar with Crundwell and others from the city after completing an audit. She was a member of the firm’s softball team. In the wake of the Crundwell scandal, Dixon went with a new firm, Milwaukeebased Wipfli. Both Wipfli and Clifton have
Dixon offices. A block from Dixon City Hall is the Old Lee County Courthouse. Like the city, the county has stayed with the same auditing firm, Clifton, for at least 2 decades and probably longer, with no plans to end the relationship. Recently, though, Clifton has brought auditors from its branch in Peoria to handle the county’s audit to “mix it up,” according to County Board Chairman Rick Ketchum, D-Amboy. AUDITORS CONTINUED ON A4
ROCK FALLS HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION TAKES THE CAKES
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First Ward Alderwoman Deanne Hoy addresses the audience during a meeting of the Amboy City Council on March 17.
Another look at incident Prosecutor changes mind on Amboy case BY DAVID GIULIANI email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 5525
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Jeremy Trump, a junior at Rock Falls High School, gulps down doughnuts Friday afternoon during an individual eating competition in the gymnasium. There also was a team relay event Friday.
AMBOY – The Lee County state’s attorney, who had decided not to file charges against Amboy Mayor Tom Nauman, is now calling for further investigation. On Friday morning, State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller said Anna her office didn’t Sacco-Miller have enough evidence to proceed with criminal charges in an incident involving the mayor and Alderwoman Deanne Hoy. But after meeting with Hoy on Friday afternoon, SaccoMiller reversed herself, saying she would refer the case to state police for further investigation. At a City Council meeting in March, Hoy accused Nauman of striking her twice in the arm during a confrontation outside a local restaurant. The Lee County Sheriff’s Department investigated the incident and turned over its reports to the state’s attorney’s office, which declined to provide details. At the council meeting, Hoy had called for Nauman to resign. INCIDENT CONTINUED ON A9
COMMUNITY Competing for “The Founders” team and dressed as Honest Abe, Dylan Cox chews through a doughnut during the annual Rock Falls High School eating contest. The competition raised $1,174.20 for the Sauk Valley Food Bank.
Rock Falls High School students Connor Cain (left), Brylan Dickinson and Lukas Pounder celebrate their team’s victory Friday afternoon. Friday’s was the sixth annual contest.
Go to saukvalley.com to watch a video of Friday’s annual doughnut eating contest at Rock Falls High School..
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Today: 66/43 For the forecast, see Page A11
The People’s Voice
Donnie Chappell’s Rock Falls baseball teams win, and have fun doing it. See Page A3
Feeling your best The Doctors bust eight antiaging myths Also inside USA Weekend: Lasagna with spring veggies Amazon Fire TV reviewed Beer facts and fiction
A look back at Easter egg hunts in Morrison and Dixon last week. PAGE C12
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THE PEOPLEâ€™S VOICE | DONNIE CHAPPELL
You canâ€™t spell fundamentals without fun F
unny how, the moment I turn off my recorder, the conversation gets good. Itâ€™s baseball season, so I finally crossed (back) over to sports and chatted with longtime Rock Falls baseball skipper Donnie Chappell. As soon as I hit the stop button, he made a very interesting comparison between his labor of love and my old one. â€œYou canâ€™t make everybody happy,â€? said Chappell, who is in his 15th season at the helm of the perennial powerhouse program. So true, Mr. Chappell. But he also pointed out that heâ€™s had only one heated phone call from a parent during his tenure. And if thereâ€™s anything that Iâ€™ve learned since moving to the Sauk Valley, itâ€™s that Rock Falls folks will let you know what they think, whether it be good, bad or ugly. So, Chappellâ€™s gotta be doing a lot of things right. While the post-recording portion of our conversation was fascinating to me, the stuff my microphone grabbed was pretty doggone good, too. Hear it in the latest Peopleâ€™s Voice podcast at www.saukvalley.com. Much like Chappell, who reflexively deflects credit to his players for titles of many shapes and sizes, our chat was so stinking good because of the interviewee, not the interviewer.
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Listen online (EAR THE INTERVIEW WITH LONGTIME 2OCK &ALLS (IGH 3CHOOL BASEBALL COACH $ONNIE #HAPPELL at saukvalley.com. I got to know Chappell and his boy, Brett, pretty well during the 2012 season. The SVM sports writers arenâ€™t assigned beats, but Iâ€™m pretty sure I covered a Rockets baseball game every week. That 2012 team was a fun one, and its ability to enjoy the game came from the top. See, even though Donnie is very good at keeping his fingertips off buttons that donâ€™t need pushing, he brings one Fenway-sized thing to the table: his love for the game. He and his fellow coaches donâ€™t beat their players over the head with 3-hour practices. â€œI always tell them, â€˜If you were at practice, and you werenâ€™t laughing and having fun, you shouldnâ€™t have been here,â€™â€? Chap-
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Rock Falls baseball coach Donnie Chappell congratulates Cayden Erickson as he rounds the bases after hitting a 3-run home run in Tuesdayâ€™s win over Rockford Lutheran. pell said. â€œItâ€™s high school sports.â€? He can sense when his team needs a mental break, and then backs off on the practice or, perhaps better yet, builds things into the routine â€“ like batting practice, of course â€“ that get his guys feeling good about themselves. Something pretty neat happened at the outset of the season. The season had already been delayed by winterâ€™s tenacious grip, and then the Rockets began practice a week
late â€“ with tear-logged hearts â€“ in the wake of the fatal shooting of Rock Falls freshman Matthew Anderson. In fact, the first practice was the night before the visitation. Chappellâ€™s guys played catch for about half an hour before grabbing a bucket to sit on and enjoying each otherâ€™s company. He says he saw a weight slowly lift off his playersâ€™ shoulders. â€œIt was good to see them laugh, and they got their mind off it,â€? Chap-
pell said. â€œNo one should ever have to deal with that â€“ kids, parents, or anybody.â€? But it warms my heart that a simple game like baseball is a vehicle for such healing. Itâ€™s no wonder Chappell loves the game as much as he does. For those wondering how long heâ€™ll coach, he didnâ€™t give me a definitive answer. But it sounds like, barring the unforeseen, heâ€™ll be the guy in the dugout until his youngest, 11-year-old
Chase, graduates from high school. Thatâ€™s a good thing. A very good thing. As Annie Savoy, the muse of the Bulls in one of my favorite films, â€œBull Durham,â€? coined: â€œI believe in the Church of Baseball. Iâ€™ve tried all the major religions and most of the minor ones. And the only church that truly feeds the soul, day-in day-out, is the Church of Baseball.â€? Church. Chappell. Coincidence? Sure. But it sure is a fun one.
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