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Council will meet by video as emergency

Seventh District Councilman Mark Harder and 3rd District Councilman Tim Fitch nominate 6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas to serve as presiding officer of the St. Louis County Council at a May 2019 meeting.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

March 24, 2020

The St. Louis County Council is scheduled to meet for the first time ever by video this week after a state of emergency was declared at all levels of government due to the coronavirus, or COVID-19. The council was set to meet Tuesday night — after The Call went to press. Council Chairwoman Lisa...

Clancy elected chair of council; GOP rejected as vice chair

New 5th District Councilwoman Lisa Clancy, center, listens to members of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership board testify Jan. 15, 2019, along with 6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas, left, and 7th District Councilman Mark Harder. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

January 13, 2020

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Democrats are officially back in control of the St. Louis County Council, with 5th District Councilwoman Lisa Clancy, who represents Affton and Crestwood, unanimously elected last week as the 2020 council chair. She succeeds Presiding Officer Ernie Trak...

Our Call: Council GOP fumbles its chance to shine for voters

Our Call: Council GOP fumbles its chance to shine for voters

December 12, 2019

Editorial In the 30 years The Call has been covering St. Louis County government, it has historically been the Democrats on the County Council who have repressed free speech and public comment, while Republicans have been the voice of reason arguing that residents should have more access to their publ...

County upgrades technology, including livestreaming debut of council meetings

Sam Page is pictured above at a council meeting last summer before he became St. Louis County Executive.  Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

September 6, 2019

Sam Page is pictured above at a council meeting last summer before he became St. Louis County Executive. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer. By GLORIA LLOYD News Editor The technology surrounding the County Council hasn’t changed much in a decade, but the council is moving to take steps forward with a n...

County adds whistleblower rights and creates fraud hotline to fight future corruption

3rd District Councilman Tim Fitch takes questions from reporters after being sworn into office on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Fitch said that a primary focus of his during his time in office will  be public safety. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

September 5, 2019

By GLORIA LLOYD News Editor In an effort to prevent future corruption, St. Louis County will set up a whistleblower hotline that will anonymously take reports of wrongdoing from county employees, with protection granted so that they can’t be fired. It’s another step in the effort to safeguard the coun...

Council votes to spend $240 million of county taxes to expand America’s Center downtown

Rendering of the renovated and expanded America's Center.

May 1, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The St. Louis County Council last month approved funding the $175 million renovation of America’s Center convention center in downtown St. Louis for the next 40 years, to the tune of $240 million. The county and St. Louis city both currently pay $6 million a...

St. Louis County subpoena so broad that prosecutors extend deadline

Former County Executive Steve Stenger, left, talks to then council Chairman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, at the Aug. 1 council meeting. Page became county executive April 19, after Stenger resigned from the position and pled guilty to federal corruption charges. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

April 11, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The federal subpoena served on St. Louis County government is so voluminous that county attorneys worked out a deal to respond to it in stages, since there were too many documents requested to provide them by the original Wednesday deadline. T...

Stenger balks at legal bills from County Council’s outside lawyer

County Executive Steve Stenger, left, talks to council Chairman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, at the Aug. 1 council meeting. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

February 20, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The outside attorney for the St. Louis County Council wants taxpayers to fund legal bills for its lawsuits, but County Executive Steve Stenger is refusing to pay. The council last month overrode Stenger’s veto of a bill mandating that taxpayers pa...

Trakas appears at ‘Half-Time’ town halls

Ernie Trakas talks at the Concord-Lemay/Gravois/Jefferson Republican Club meeting. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

February 13, 2019

Sixth District County Councilman Ernie Trakas, R-Oakville, is hosting what he is calling “Half-Time” town halls at the two-year mark of his four-year term starting this weekend. In a Facebook post, he said he will discuss various issues at the town halls, including the proposed city-county merger...

County Council hints it might take months to approve 2019 budget plan

County Executive Steve Stenger, left, talks to council Chairman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, at the Aug. 1 council meeting. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

December 11, 2018

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The St. Louis County Council declined to take up any bills related to the 2019 county budget last week, and council members signaled that they are willing to wait months if they have to in order to get a budget they want to pass. The $772 m...

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