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Top 10 Stories of the Year: Merger, Stenger and trolley place regionalism on St. Louis center stage

Top 10 Stories of the Year: Merger, Stenger and trolley place regionalism on St. Louis center stage

January 9, 2020

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com With the leaked news that nonprofit organization Better Together was proposing a sweeping city-county merger that would merge St. Louis County and St. Louis city into one new “megacity” that would be one of the largest cities in the nat...

Vowing transparency, Page will mount bid next year to stay county executive

Vowing transparency, Page will mount bid next year to stay county executive

November 26, 2019

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com St. Louis County Executive Sam Page announced last week that he would be seeking election in 2020 to maintain his position as the head of the county, pointing out the work his administration has done since taking office to restore trust...

Hal Goldsmith speaks: The man who brought down Stenger talks ethics and how public can fight corruption

Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Goldsmith, left, talks to St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Jacob Barker after the ethics town hall Monday at Kol Rinah in University City. Barker was mentioned in Goldsmith's indictment of former County Executive Steve Stenger, as Stenger tried to dodge Barker's questions about a phony contract that formed the crux of the case against Stenger. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

September 19, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Hal Goldsmith has 1 p.m. this Saturday marked on his calendar. That’s when former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger reports to prison in Yankton, South Dakota — something Goldsmith, the assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern ...

Days and Dunaway score County Council majority for Democrats, women

Citizens vote at the Sunset Hills Community Center April 2, 2019. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

August 9, 2019

Two special elections held Tuesday in St. Louis County mean the future makeup of the County Council is majority Democratic and majority female. South County voters didn’t get a say in the special elections in the 1st and 2nd council districts in North County. Voters there had to fill two vacancie...

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...

Page asks for more money; council holds for months

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

July 17, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com  Web Exclusive Update: The County Council voted to approve the supplemental appropriation Tuesday 5-0. Look for the expanded story in a future print edition of The Call and on our website. At the same time the St. Louis County Council is debating how ...

As Stenger’s victim, county is owed restitution for his deals

Former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger exits the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in downtown St. Louis May 3, 2019, after pleading guilty to three charges of theft of honest services/bribery and mail fraud. Stenger initially pleaded not guilty to the charges at an arraignment Monday, April 29 after an April 25 indictment was unsealed that morning, prompting Stenger to resign as county executive minutes later. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

July 16, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com  When former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is sentenced next month on federal corruption charges, the judge will receive letters from the victims of his pay-to-play scheme to trade county contracts for campaign donations. And wh...

Erby served the entire county, not just 1st District

Erby served the entire county, not just 1st District

May 23, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd Several years ago, in the middle of one County Council brawl or another — they all run together after awhile — this reporter was talking to a group of South County residents outside 41 S. Central Ave. in Clayton, the Government Center, when 1st District Councilwoman Hazel Erb...

Republicans take majority on council, elect Trakas as chair

6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas cracks a smile after being named presiding officer of the St. Louis County Council May 15 in Clayton, after former 5th District Councilman Sam Page's ascent to county executive and 1st District Councilwoman Hazel Erby leaving to work for Page left the council without a chair or vice chair. Trakas will oversee council meetings until January 2020, when a new chair and vice chair will be named. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

May 22, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor  glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Under the continuing fallout from the downfall of former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, Republicans gained the majority on the County Council for the first time in 13 years. And last week, the council unanimously elected 6th ...

Erby, Trakas stay friendly after exchange during convention center vote

County Councilwoman Hazel Erby shakes the hand of a supporter who told her

May 22, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The warm words between 6th District County Councilman Ernie Trakas, R-Oakville, and departing 1st District Councilwoman Hazel Erby, D-University City, last week were a sharp turnaround from a month ago. Before a vote April 16 on whether to ...

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