The state of Illinois' charges against former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell have been dropped.
It took the judge less than 5 minutes to approve the move.
After the hearing, the Lee County State's Attorney, Anna Sacco-Miller, came out and held a press conference.
In it, Sacco–Miller explained why she moved to drop the state's 60 counts of theft.
"I have determined that it would be more of a financial burden to proceed," she said.
That's because any state sentence would have Crundwell serving time concurrently, or at the same time as, her federal sentence.
And Sacco–Miller said taxpayers would be left to foot a bill of at least $300 thousand.
"I feel that as my duties as state's attorney of Lee County, one of my duties is to protect taxpayer money, and to ensure that justice is served," she said.
Crundwell's defense attorney, Bob Thompson, said he agreed with Sacco–Miller on every point.
"When you're being punished for that, you can't get punished twice for the same thing," said Thompson.
And many residents in Dixon agree with both attorneys' logic.
"It was just an extra expense, I didn't think that she would probably serve any more time and I think it was the right decision," said Larry Dunphee, owner of Books on First in downtown Dixon.
"I don't think taxpayers should have to pay all that money. Dixon's been ripped off for too many years now as it is," said Carol Thompson of Dixon.
But not everyone was pleased with the outcome.
"She stole a lot of money from the city. I don't think they should have dropped them at all. I think she should be, she should've been prosecuted. Anybody else would have, you know, why does she get away with it?" said Raymond Reidl of Dixon.
Sacco–Miller said this case is a wake up call for small communities.
Crundwell is currently at the Boone county jail outside of Rockford waiting to hear the status of her federal appeal.
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