St. Louis County Corruption

Jake Zimmerman will challenge Sam Page for county executive in 2020

Pictured above: St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman takes questions from residents during his third town-hall appearance about this year’s property assessments at the Affton Community Center on Saturday, June 29. Photo by Erin Achenbach. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Jake Zimmerman, who has served as St. Louis County’s assessor for eight years, is

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St. Louis County ‘cone of silence’ legislation would ban contractors from contacting officials during bidding

Pictured above: County Executive Sam Page signs ethics reform executive orders into law Wednesday in the county executive’s office. Photo by Erin Achenbach. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com St. Louis County Executive Sam Page asked the County Council this week to pass legislation that would ban anyone seeking a county contract from contacting government

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

Pictured above: 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 with businessman John Rallo

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Prosecutors say Stenger does not deserve break in prison sentence

Pictured above: Then-County Executive Steve Stenger presents a proclamation declaring ‘Chancellor Mark Wrighton Day’ in St. Louis County April 8 to honor Wrighton’s retirement as Washington University chancellor this summer, in this photo Stenger posted to his county executive Twitter account. Wrighton was the head of Better Together’s city-county merger campaign.  By Gloria Lloyd News Editor

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Sheila Sweeney pleads guilty to covering up Stenger’s pay-to-play scheme

Pictured above: Former Economic Development Partnership CEO Sheila Sweeney, left, and her attorney William Margulis leave the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse Friday. Photo by Erin Achenbach. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Sheila Sweeney, the former CEO of the St. Louis joint city-county economic development agency, pleaded guilty Friday to helping former St.

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