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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 last year’s property assessments at the Affton Community Center.

October 29, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Jake Zimmerman, who has served as St. Louis County’s assessor for eight years, is launching a campaign for St. Louis County executive, challenging County Executive Sam Page. Zimmerman and Page are both Democrats and would face off in the August...

Page declares ‘pay to play is dead’ in St. Louis County with his reform

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

September 25, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com As his disgraced predecessor was set to head to prison for public corruption last week, County Executive Sam Page announced a series of ethics reforms that, among other things, will require county employees to report corruption or risk being fi...

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

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

September 20, 2019

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 officials during the bidding process. Page called the law a “cone of silence”...

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 ...

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...

After Stenger apology, prosecutors ask judge for longer sentence than their initial request

Former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, left, and Stenger's lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, right, exit the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse Friday, May 3, after Stenger pleaded guilty to three counts of theft of honest services/bribery and mail fraud. A sentencing hearing will be held Aug. 9. Stenger faces to three to four years in federal prison. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

August 9, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com In an unusual move, the federal prosecutors overseeing former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger’s corruption scandal upped their sentencing request to ask for the high end of the sentencing range, after first asking only that he ser...

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...

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

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.

May 10, 2019

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. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger cover up a pay-to-play corruption scheme that exchanged county cont...

From county executive to felon in five days: Stenger pleads guilty

Former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, left, and Stenger's lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, right, exit the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse Friday, May 3, after Stenger pleaded guilty to three counts of theft of honest services/bribery and mail fraud. A sentencing hearing will be held Aug. 9. Stenger faces to three to four years in federal prison. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 7, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com In the span of five days last week, Steve Stenger went from St. Louis County executive to a felon who is likely headed to federal prison for public corruption. Stenger pleaded guilty last week in a plea deal with a recommended sentence...

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