Mentioned from left to right, St. Louis Board of Alderman majority leader Fred Wessels honors former 12th Ward Alderman Fred Heitert. They are joined by Heitert's wife, Maryann, and board president Lewis Reed.
A member of a long-time political family in St. Louis is leaving his post as alderman for the 11th Ward. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ald. Matt Villa says he needs to focus on expanding the family's business, Villa Lighting.