Stephen Wigginton

St. Louis on the Air
9:01 am
Fri October 11, 2013

U.S., State's Attorney Address Public Safety In Metro East

A view of the old Spivey building, once home of the East St. Louis newspaper The Journal.
Paul Sableman (Via Flickr/pasa47)

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.

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's Attorney for St. Clair County, Brendan Kelly; and the mayor of Washington Park, Ann Rodgers.

Read more
Metro East
3:37 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Metro East Law Enforcement Targets Armed Robbers

U.S. Attorney for the District of Southern Illinois Stephen Wigginton is surrounded by local Metro East law enforcement officials as he announced a new initiative targeting armed robbery
Maria Altman St. Louis Public Radio

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.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton is spearheading the effort to go after a spate of what he called "brazen and violent" armed robberies this summer.

Wigginton said prosecutors will go after offenders with federal charges that often carry longer sentences.

Read more
Benefits fraud
4:56 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

19 Illinois residents indicted on unemployment benefits fraud

(via Flickr/s_falkow)

Nineteen residents of the Metro East and southern Illinois have been charged with stealing money from the state and federal unemployment insurance programs.

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.

Read more