DIXON, Ill. (AP) — A documentary about a former comptroller who admitted to stealing nearly $54 million from a northern Illinois city will be shown several more times next month.
Rita Crundwell is serving a 20-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to stealing the money over two decades to support a lavish lifestyle and a nationally renowned horse-breeding operation.
Sauk Valley Media reports the 71-minute film called "All the Queen's Horses," will be shown at the Historic Dixon Theatre March 3 with four free showings. It features interviews with forensic accountants, equestrians, attorneys, government officials and local residents.
Prosecutors say Crundwell began depositing Dixon's money in a secret bank account in January 1991. Investigators say the money deposits continued until her arrest in April 2012, months after the FBI began monitoring her transactions.
Original Iowa Capitol dome bricks for sale at $100 each
DES MOINES (AP) — The state is planning to sell pieces of one of its landmarks: the state Capitol's golden dome.
The Des Moines Register reports that the Capitol Planning Commission is pricing the bricks used in the dome's original construction at $100 each. The money will go toward renovating monuments around the Capitol complex.
About 1,100 bricks will be available, starting March 1. They'll be sold with a medallion and a certificate of authenticity. Buyers can find the bricks online and at the tour desk on the ground floor of the Capitol.
The state began the dome's $10 million renovation last spring. It's scheduled to be finished this fall.
Former clerk accused of stealing from Des Moines suburb
JOHNSTON (AP) — A former city accounting clerk has been charged with stealing from the Des Moines suburb of Johnston.
A city news release says Teresa Osburne surrendered to police Monday morning and was charged with three counts of theft and related crimes. Online court records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for her.
A state audit of the city books determined that nearly $14,000 collected from library fines and fees and other revenue sources had not been deposited in city accounts between July 1, 2015 and July 31, 2017. The city says Osburne falsified those records and was fired.
Investigators aren't sure what started fire that killed 2
MISSOURI VALLEY (AP) — Investigators say they can't be certain what caused a fire in downtown Missouri Valley that killed two people.
The Daily Nonpareil reports that the investigation into the Thanksgiving Day blaze has ended.
The fire was reported about 7:45 a.m. Nov. 23 at CTI Electronics. The bodies of 44-year-old Stacy Larsen and 44-year-old Chad Stevens were found in the building. Their deaths were ruled accidental.
The State Fire Marshal Division says the damage where the fire started and the lack of witnesses kept investigators from concluding what sparked the blaze. The agency listed a possible cause: flammable vapors from an aerosol can ignited by an open flame, most likely from a candle.
Illinois private scholarship program applications to reopen
CHICAGO (AP) — The application system is scheduled to reopen next week for Illinois families wanting to apply for the state's new private school scholarship program.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Empower Illinois, one of the organizations overseeing the Tax Credit Scholarship program, says the application system will reopen Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. The system crashed Jan. 31, the first day applications were accepted. Empower Illinois said the crash was due to extreme demand.
Empower Illinois officials say they're now making the application a two-step process. Families will fill out an online form and then will receive an emailed link to complete their application within three days.
Lawmakers approved the controversial $75 million tax credit program last year as part of a school funding overhaul. It's available through the Invest in Kids Act.