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Steele picked as president pro-tem of County Board

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Chicago Sun-Times
by Lisa Donovan

Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele would take the reins as board president in the event Toni Preckwinkle falls ill or is absent for any other reason, under a series of assignments approved by the county board Tuesday.

As county president pro-tempore, Steele would run board meetings in Preckwinkle’s absence.

Steele, who represents the 2nd District, is part of a powerful African-American political family. He was appointed to fill the county board seat held by his mother, Bobbie Steele, when she retired. Bobbie Steele was tapped by her colleagues to serve as interim board president after John Stroger suffered a catastrophic stroke in 2006. Robert Steele underwent a kidney transplant in November after his sister donated the organ to save his life.

While there was some reshuffling of committee assignments at Tuesday board meeting — the result of the November election that ushered in three new commissioners — Commissioner John Daley retained his job as the powerful chair of the Finance Committee.



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