The United State’s Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois will step down from his post next month. Stephen R. Wigginton will join a national law firm in St. Louis, and will resign from the U.S. Attorney’s post effective December 11. Wigginton has served since being appointed by President Obama in the summer of 2010, and unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate.
Wigginton says his accomplishments during his tenure as U.S. Attorney include targeting violent crime, public corruption, fraud on government programs, health care fraud and crimes involving the exploitation of children. He has also worked closely with the Madison County and St. Clair County State’s Attorneys’ offices to combat violent crime and the heroin epidemic that exploded in the Metro East in 2011. The Southern District of Illinois covers 38 counties and serves around 1.25 million people. Staff offices are located in East St. Louis, Fairview Heights and Benton.