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State audit finds Stenger enabled by council, county auditor, Charter

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway announces that she will perform an audit of St. Louis County at the St. Louis County Library headquarters May 15, 2019, after the County Council voted unanimously to approve an audit May 7. Former County Executive Steve Stenger requested an audit of the county two years ago, but then-council Chairman Sam Page, now the county executive, declined.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

September 22, 2020

Poor oversight by the County Council, an auditor who doesn’t audit and a county Charter that tilts the balance of power in St. Louis County to the county executive all contributed to the lack of oversight that allowed former County Executive Steve Stenger to pull off his corruption schemes, a draft repor...

Eight of Page’s nine appointees to Board of Freeholders approved; city nods still in limbo

County Council Presiding Officer Ernie Trakas questions County Executive Sam Page's Board of Freeholders appointees. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

October 28, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The status of the Board of Freeholders that could approve a city-county merger is up in the air after St. Louis County approved its nominees, but the city still hasn’t approved its half of the board. The County Council approved eight of the...

As Stenger goes to prison, Page signs ethics executive orders that fire employees who don’t report corruption

County Executive Sam Page signs ethics reform executive orders into law Sept. 18 in the county executive's office. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

September 21, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com As his disgraced predecessor heads to prison for public corruption this week, County Executive Sam Page held a public signing ceremony to sign four executive orders for ethics reform that, among other things, will require county employees t...

Stenger’s ‘right-hand man’ sentenced to 15 months in prison

Stenger’s ‘right-hand man’ sentenced to 15 months in prison

September 10, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Steve Stenger’s former chief of staff will join his former boss in prison, serving nearly as much time behind bars as he spent working for the former county executive. William “Bill” Miller Jr., 54, of Richmond Heights, was sentenced t...

Fellow former county executive asks for leniency for Stenger; South County objects

Steve Stenger, right, and his lawyer Scott Rosenblum leave the Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse in downtown St. Louis following Stenger's sentencing Friday, Aug. 9. Stenger was sentenced to 46 months in prison and will report Sept. 21. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

August 14, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com  One of Steve Stenger’s fellow former county executives wrote to the judge in his corruption case to ask that he serve no time in prison, but several South County residents wrote in asking for a tougher sentence. Stenger, 47, pleaded gu...

Prosecutors say Stenger does not deserve break in prison sentence

Then-County Executive Steve Stenger presents a proclamation declaring

August 5, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Federal prosecutors argued in court documents filed last week that former County Executive Steve Stenger should not receive a lower prison sentence than the recommended three to four years because he was a bully who treated St. Louis Count...

Special elections could change face of St. Louis County Council: More female, but which party?

Special elections could change face of St. Louis County Council: More female, but which party?

August 2, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Two special elections elsewhere in St. Louis County next week will determine whether the future makeup of the County Council is Democratic, Republican or majority female — although South County voters won’t get a say. The elections i...

Stenger accomplice John Rallo pleads guilty in federal corruption case

Businessman John Rallo, left, walks out of court a convicted felon after pleading guilty Tuesday, along with his attorney John Rogers. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

July 18, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The businessman at the center of the pay-to-play federal corruption case that engulfed former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger pleaded guilty to bribery Tuesday and will likely serve time in prison. John Rallo, 53, formerly of St. L...

St. Louis County celebrates Pride Month like never before

Rainbow flags lined the walkway between the county Government Center in Clayton and the courthouse in June. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

July 11, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com St. Louis County emphasized gay pride much more than it ever has before for Pride Month in June, lining the Government Center with rainbow flags and temporarily turning the county logo into a rainbow. Discussion around LGBT Pride events was al...

Page will renegotiate St. Louis County’s Northwest Plaza lease

Then-council chairman Sam Page listens to Police Chief John Belmar during a committee meeting in 2018. Now County Executive, Page will renegotiate the lease for The Crossings, formerly Northwest Plaza mall. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

June 11, 2019

Then-council chairman Sam Page listens to Police Chief John Belmar during a committee meeting last summer. Now County Executive, Page will renegotiate the lease for The Crossings, formerly Northwest Plaza mall. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The o...

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