There were mixed emotions today for some residents of Dixon, Illinois after the state charges were dropped against the former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell.
A Lee County State's Attorney decided to drop the charges because even with a second trial and a conviction, Crundwell would not do any more time than the nearly 20 years she is already serving, and the cost of the trial would just be more money taken from taxpayers.
"If the State's Attorney, in her opinion, can't add anymore years to this, then it's probably an exercise in futility and it's going to cost money," Dixon Mayor Jim Burke said.
Mayor Burke wanted to add more years to the sentence but understands, along with the residents, the decision made today.
"It is what it is," Dixon resident Margaret Tyne said. "There isn't anything more to get from her."
Mayor Burke said this situation will not rest until the two lawsuits against the accounting firms are resolved and the city receives the estimated $10-million pay back from auctioning Crundwell's property.