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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...

Sheila Sweeney, John Rallo also charged in Stenger corruption scandal

St. Louis Economic Development Partnership CEO Sheila Sweeney speaks at the June 16, 2015 ribbon-cutting ceremony of The Pavilion at Lemay, the recreation center and aquatic center that opened in Lemay with casino money.

May 9, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Former County Executive Steve Stenger is not the only former county official that will plead guilty in a corruption scandal that has enveloped St. Louis County government. Federal prosecutors say that former St. Louis Economic Development Par...

Our Call: From county executive to felon: The Steve Stenger decade

Our Call: From county executive to felon: The Steve Stenger decade

May 9, 2019

Editorial And to think, it all started with trash districts. And a swimming pool. More than a decade ago when a young, ambitious attorney named Steve Stenger challenged 6th District County Councilman John Campisi, R-South County, his main contention was that Campisi was a crook, misusing taxpayer ...

Page says donors won’t get cushy deals

Then-council chairman Sam Page listens to Police Chief John Belmar during a committee meeting in 2018. Now County Executive, Page will renegotiate the lease for The Crossings, formerly Northwest Plaza mall. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

May 8, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com A link between campaign donors and county contracts just brought down the administration of former County Executive Steve Stenger, and his successor promised that won’t happen to him. New County Executive Sam Page said he would look for...

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...

Page promises accountability, transparency, cleaning house

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 7, 2019

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com On his first day in office, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page promised to clean up county government. And yes, he knows you’ve heard that promise before. Former County Executive Steve Stenger made nearly identical promises before and ...

Better Together withdraws merger plan due to statewide vote, Stenger

Then-County Executive Steve Stenger presents a proclamation declaring

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

May 7, 2019

A city-county merger for St. Louis is off the table, for now anyway. Better Together’s campaign committee Unite STL announced Monday it is withdrawing its petition for a statewide vote on a merger in November 2020 and will go back to the drawing board to figure out a legal way to make a merger ha...

PHOTOS: The Steve Stenger era in St. Louis County

Steve Stenger, left, celebrates his Democratic primary victory in August 2014, along with, from left, Stenger's wife Allison, their daughter Madeline Jane and Stenger's legislative assistant Linda Henry. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

May 6, 2019

Steve Stenger, left, celebrates his Democratic primary victory Tuesday, along with, from left, Stenger's wife Allison, their daughter Madeline Jane and Stenger's legislative assistant Linda Henry. Photo by Gloria Lloyd. Former County Executive Steve Stenger pleaded guilty Friday to three counts of...

Contentious emergency meeting ends with Page as county executive

After the emergency County Council meeting to select County Executive Sam Page, then the council chair, 1st District Councilwoman Hazel Erby, D-University City, talked to reporters about problems she saw in the selection process. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

May 3, 2019

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Even as new St. Louis County Executive Sam Page pledged to unify county government after the swift downfall of former County Executive Steve Stenger this week, the contentious emergency meeting and process leading to Page’s succession mig...

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