In Memory of Cook County Commissioner Robert B. Steele (June 29, 1962 – June 19, 2017)

Two years ago at NLEN’s Sweet Beginnings Tea our beloved friend Commissioner Steele was honored with Creating a Community That Works award. Mr. Steele LOVED North Lawndale and public service and took great pride in being a voice and servant leader to our community. He had a heart and passion for our work at NLEN and would spend his entire day with us, giving out Thanksgiving turkeys, or speaking at our milestone graduations and always making silly jokes, just to light up people who may have been down on their luck and see someone smile. He really loved Sweet Beginnings, and secured our Salt Creek Sweet Beginnings apiary with the county, promoted our beelove® honey everywhere he traveled and each year for the past 4 years. This past Tea, he insisted Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle attend the Sweet Beginnings Tea with him, and she did! Every commissioner understood how proud he was of North Lawndale.  Mr. Steele surely will be missed and never be forgotten for his tireless compassionate devotion for the communities he served.  

  Here is the official statement from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle:”