Legislation inspired by the Rita Crundwell scandal awaits action in the Illinois Senate. Crundwell is the former Dixon comptroller who is serving a federal prison sentence for stealing millions of dollars from the city. A trio of bills drafted in response to her arrest recently cleared the House. They call for tougher penalties and more oversight of local government finances. Republican Representative Tom Demmer, who is from Dixon, played an active role in advancing the measures through the lower chamber:
"There are some local governments out there that are doing an excellent job of detecting these things, reviewing these things, but a lot of times it takes a little bit of a wake up call like the situation here in order to get people to rethink the processes they have and maybe look for opportunities to improve those"
One of the bills would require counties and municipalities to create a finance and audit committee. The measure could be considered by a Senate committee as early as today.
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