Carl Officer is seated at the reception desk in the foyer of his family's Missouri Avenue funeral parlor, answering phones. The 52-year-old mayor of East St. Louis, who typically favors dark tailored suits, is uncharacteristically casual today in a mustard-green turtleneck sweater... More >>>
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By Jennifer Silverberg
City manager Alvin Parks: "If you're calling it a
cesspool, why do you want to be a part of it?"