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Businessman in Stenger case sentenced to 17 months in prison

John Rallo exits the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse Thursday, March 5 after being sentenced to 17 months in prison for his role in a federal corruption case involving former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

March 5, 2020

The businessman who urged former County Executive Steve Stenger to give him lucrative county contracts in exchange for campaign donations was sentenced to 17 months in prison Thursday — lower than federal guidelines. John Rallo, 54, now of Utah and formerly of St. Louis County, is the final person ...

Prosecutor: No employees came forward to report Stenger

Six of the seven members of the County Council, right, laugh as Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Goldsmith says that he's more used to staring down politicians in a courtroom than appearing alongside them at town halls. Goldsmith and the council appeared at the 'Ethics in St. Louis County Government' Town Hall Sept. 16 at Kal Ronah in University City. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

September 24, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com No one voluntarily went to the federal government to turn in former County Executive Steve Stenger, the federal prosecutor who sent him to prison revealed for the first time last week. Stenger was set to voluntarily surrender to prison in Y...

Our Call: Sweeney should get more than probation for crimes

Our Call: Sweeney should get more than probation for crimes

September 11, 2019

Editorial Sometimes crime does pay. That’s the lesson courtroom observers learned from the Aug. 16 sentencing of former St. Louis Economic Development CEO Sheila Sweeney. Or should we say lack of sentencing, because Sweeney somehow got away with probation for covering up former County Executive...

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...

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...

Former CEO of city-county economic agency sentenced to probation in Stenger scheme

Pictured above: Former Economic Development Partnership CEO Sheila Sweeney, second from left, and her team of attorneys leave the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse Friday. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

August 16, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Sheila Sweeney, the former CEO of the St. Louis joint city-county economic development agency, was sentenced to probation and a fine Friday for helping to cover up former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger’s pay-to-play corruption sch...

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...

Galloway to conduct state audits in St. Louis County post-Stenger

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, 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. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

June 4, 2019

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, after the County Council voted unanimously to approve an audit May 7. Former County Executive Steve Stenger requested an audit of the county two yea...

Former St. Louis County Chief of Staff Bill Miller pleads guilty to felony corruption, faces prison time

Bill Miller, right, former chief of staff to former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, exits the Thomas F. Eagleton Court House in downtown St. Louis May 31. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

May 31, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com He called it “the art of staying in power,” but Bill Miller, who served as chief of staff to former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, could face prison time after pleading guilty Friday in Stenger’s sweeping pay-to-play corru...

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