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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...

Stenger’s former Chief of Staff Bill Miller to plead guilty to federal corruption charges Friday

Stenger's son Lincoln Stenger, 2, right, with Bill Miller during the watch party. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

May 30, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com The dominoes are continuing to fall in former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger’s public corruption scandal. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern Missouri sent out a notice Thursday that Stenger’s former Chief of Staff Bill Mi...

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 ...

Page does not support a merger through a statewide vote; view different from Stenger

Former County Executive Steve Stenger, left, talks to then council Chairman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, at the Aug. 1 council meeting. Page became county executive April 19, after Stenger resigned from the position and pled guilty to federal corruption charges. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

May 22, 2019

Former County Executive Steve Stenger, left, talks to then council Chairman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, at the Aug. 1 council meeting. Page became county executive April 19, after Stenger resigned from the position and pled guilty to federal corruption charges. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor...

Erby leaves council for Page’s ninth floor; Trakas calls her ‘conscience of council’

Former 1st District Councilwoman Hazel Erby thanks her supporters and fellow council members during her last meeting on the St. Louis County Council May 15 in Clayton. The former councilwoman received a standing ovation from the audience and council, with some audience members going to the dais to give her flowers. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

May 21, 2019

Former 1st District Councilwoman Hazel Erby thanks her supporters and fellow council members during her last meeting on the St. Louis County Council May 15 in Clayton. The former councilwoman received a standing ovation from the audience and council, with some audience members going to the dais to giv...

No surprise: Jeff Wagener leaves St. Louis County Charter Commission

The 2019 St. Louis County Charter Commission convenes for its first meeting Feb. 21. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

May 17, 2019

The 2019 St. Louis County Charter Commission convenes for its first meeting Feb. 21, with Chairman Gene McNary, a former county executive, shown in the middle and Jeff Wagener, a former County Councilman, shown to his left. Photo by Erin Achenbach. By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The St. L...

Erby resigning County Council seat to take job working under Page

Then-County Executive Steve Stenger, then-County Council Chairman Sam Page and then-1st District Councilwoman Hazel Erby listen to speakers at the July 24, 2018 council meeting. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

May 11, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Hazel Erby is resigning from the St. Louis County Council to take a job working for County Executive Sam Page. Page announced Thursday that he appointed 1st District Councilwoman Erby, D-University City, to the newly created county governm...

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...

Warrant to seize Stenger’s cell phone details other crimes he could have been charged with

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.

May 10, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com A warrant unsealed Tuesday to seize former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger’s cell phone provides more detail on how federal agents built the corruption case that brought down Stenger’s administration in county government an...

Businessman John Rallo indicted on same federal corruption charges as Stenger

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.

May 10, 2019

The businessman who urged former County Executive Steve Stenger to give him lucrative county contracts in exchange for campaign donations has been indicted for the same crimes as Stenger. John Rallo, 53, formerly of St. Louis County, was charged with three separate counts of theft of honest servic...

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