Suffredin- For a Better Cook County  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  Cook County Hospital fills more outpatient prescriptions every day than are filled at 26 Walgreen's drug store combined.
   
     
     
     



Steele passes on seat to her son
Democrats go along with minimal dissent

Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Special to suffredin.org

With only one dissenting vote, Democratic committeemen selected Robert Steele Tuesday to replace his mother, former President Bobbie Steele, as a commissioner on the Cook County Board.

Robert Steele, 45, was sworn in by Cook County Judge Lawrence Terrell immediately after the 14-1 weighted voting, which was held during a short meeting in a basement conference room of Ald. Michael Chandler's 24th Ward office.

"I want to let you know that I'm here to represent the citizens of the 2nd county district, but also the citizens of Cook County," said Robert Steele, whose district includes portions of Chicago's West and South Sides.

"And I'm very proud to be able to continue the legacy of my mom, President Bobbie Steele, who served Cook County government for more than 20 years and the educational system for more than 26 years. So we're very proud to be able to step forward on her legacy and try to continue the wonderful name that she's presented to the citizens of Cook County."

Bobbie Steele retired last week after winning re-election as a commissioner on Nov. 7.

Only one other candidate, former Chicago police Officer Sheila Vinson, sought the nomination of the committeemen. She received one vote, from Chicago Ald. Ed Smith (28th), who is also his ward's Democratic committeeman.

Vinson said the process by which the party leaders handed the seat from mother to son was "disheartening" and said it sent the wrong message to young people who are interested in getting involved in public life.

"This is sending a terrible message," Vinson said.

The selection was based on the weighted vote of the committeemen in Steele's district. Chandler had the largest weighted vote, and he has said for weeks that he supported Steele.

Ald. Burton Natarus (42nd), who also has a large vote in the district, said both candidates were strong, but he was swayed by Robert Steele's grass-roots experience.

Robert Steele is a community-outreach manager with the Chicago Park District and has been involved with local non-profit organizations and hospital boards for years.

"I want somebody that's going to walk the streets," Natarus said.

Robert Steele said he was proud to be taking over for his mother, despite the criticism from some corners that he is just the latest beneficiary of political nepotism.

"I think my mother and our family [have] provided a long list of wonderful things that we've done for the citizenship," Steele said. "I think you look at my record, I'm not a newcomer at serving the community, I've been doing it for more than 20 years. And so I think the citizens of Cook County will be better served by having somebody familiar with Cook County.

"I'm familiar with the commissioners who are on the County Board so the transition for me to go into office will be a lot easier than for anyone else who's trying to come into the office and learn the system. I know the system because it's at my home table every Sunday afternoon."

Standing at her son's side, Bobbie Steele said she was "glad to pass the mantle."



Recent Headlines

Kim Foxx's Office Creates Online Process to Report Police Misconduct Allegations
Thursday, July 09, 2020
WTTW News

Column: Fitness fans flock to reopened Swallow Cliff Stairs, saying ‘It’s good to be back’
Thursday, July 09, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Cook County suburbs score $51M in CARES Act funds to cover pandemic expenses
Thursday, July 09, 2020
The Daily Line

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 1,018 new known COVID-19 cases reported; CPS student athletes can start summer workouts next week but with precautions
Thursday, July 09, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Berwyn to get biggest share of $51 million in federal funds Cook County is doling out to cover suburban COVID-19 expenses
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County to start dividing up ‘much-needed’ $51 million in federal CARES Act funding to suburbs hardest hit by coronavirus pandemic
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Online Taste of Chicago starts today with food trucks, list of restaurants to order from
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Most Second Installment Residential and Commercial Property Tax Bills Higher
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Evanston RoundTable

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Tuesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Another tool to help address flooding and promote economic development in Cook County
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
The Daily Line

Cook County Commissioners urge passage of Justice for Black Lives resolution to shift resources from incarceration to human needs
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County Announces $41M Grant to Fund COVID-19 Contact Tracing
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
The Chicago Crusader

Check Your Mailbox. That Vote By Mail Application May Be Coming Soon.
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
WBEZ News

Lightfoot, senior advocates strike deal on Covid-19 housing protection ordinance
Monday, July 06, 2020
The Daily Line

Wellness checks and lines as Cook County courthouses open, hold more in-person hearings
Monday, July 06, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Circuit Court resuming limited in-person operations Monday
Monday, July 06, 2020

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Monday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
Monday, July 06, 2020
Chicago Tribune

New flood maps tell us we aren’t doing enough to stop rising waters
Sunday, July 05, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County courts start reopening Monday, with thousands of cases stalled by pandemic. ‘How do you wake the sleeping giant?’
Saturday, July 04, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Board considers nonbinding proposal to shift money from ‘failed and racist’ policing, incarceration systems
Saturday, July 04, 2020
Chicago Tribune

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP