Robert Steele (politician)

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Robert Steele was Commissioner and President Pro Tempore for the 2nd district of Cook County, Illinois, covering the West Side of Chicago.[1] As Cook County Board Commissioner, Steele voted to uphold a 1.5% 2008 Cook County sales tax increase, remaining the highest in the nation which led the Chicago Tribune to encourage voters to vote against him in the 2010 elections.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Illinois on June 29, 1961, to Robert and Bobbie L. Steele. His mother had previously been both Cook County Commissioner and Board President. Steele is a graduate of the Morgan State University in Maryland.[2]


Steele passed away on June 19, 2017 due to complications related to diabetes.[3]


  1. ^ "Cook County Government - Robert Steele". Cook County Government. Retrieved March 30, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Robert Steele - Cook County Commissioner". Cook County Clerk's Office. Retrieved March 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ Armentrout, Mitchell (June 19, 2017). "Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele dies". Chicago Sun-Times. Chicago, Illinois. Retrieved June 20, 2017. 

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