Stephen Wigginton http://news.stlpublicradio.org en U.S., State's Attorney Address Public Safety In Metro East http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/us-states-attorney-address-public-safety-metro-east <p>Over the past six decades, the Metro East has gained a nasty reputation for dangerous crime. The news headlines reflect a cycle of poverty and crime made worse by a lack of local resources for adequate governance.</p><p>Three government officials charged with tackling these problems joined us to discuss their vision for creating a more positive future for the Metro East: U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen Wigginton; State&#39;s Attorney for St. Clair County, Brendan Kelly; and the mayor of Washington Park, Ann Rodgers.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:01:04 +0000 Camille Phillips 30567 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org U.S., State's Attorney Address Public Safety In Metro East Metro East Law Enforcement Targets Armed Robbers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/metro-east-law-enforcement-targets-armed-robbers <p>Federal, state and local law enforcement in the Metro East are zeroing in on armed robberies with a coalition similar to the Major Case Squad.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen </span>Wigginton<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is spearheading the effort to go after a spate of what he called "brazen and violent" armed robberies this summer.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wigginton said prosecutors will go after offenders with federal charges that often carry longer sentences.</span></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 20:37:34 +0000 Maria Altman 29854 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Metro East Law Enforcement Targets Armed Robbers 19 Illinois residents indicted on unemployment benefits fraud http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/19-illinois-residents-indicted-unemployment-benefits-fraud <p>Nineteen residents of the Metro East and southern Illinois have been charged with stealing money from the state and federal unemployment insurance programs.</p><p>The 12 men and 7 women are accused of stealing a total of $368,000 in benefits. Two of those charged were incarcerated while receiving benefits, and 17 others were employed.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 21:56:28 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 4157 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 19 Illinois residents indicted on unemployment benefits fraud