Bob has been an active figure in DuPage County, holding leadership positions in local and county governments, where he was an outspoken advocate for environmental issues all while reducing waste in government.
Bob served three terms as Chairman of the DuPage County Board. As Chairman, he earned a reputation as a fiscal conservative for reducing property taxes nine times while maintaining a AAA bond rating for his entire tenure as Chairman. Prioritizing spending, he was able to invest in critical infrastructure, flood control and drainage projects.
From 2015-2019, Bob served as Chairman of the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors, which oversees the state's 294-mile Tollway system and the Agency's $1.45 billion annual budget. As Chairman, Bob directed the Tollway to plant over 1,000 trees and implemented state-of-the art environmental protections.
Bob has always been active in environmental advocacy. He has previously served as a Commissioner and President of the Naperville Park District, President of the Conservation Foundation, and a Member of the DuPage Forest Preserve District. He is currently a Trustee for the Morton Arboretum. He also served as the DuPage Water Commission Chairman and restructured the Commission to ensure safe and affordable water for all in the County.
Bob is a partner with Ice Miller in the Public Affairs and Public and Municipal Finance Group. Bob has lived and practiced law in DuPage County throughout his adulthood. He graduated from Naperville Community High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in religion and history from Illinois College, graduating Phi Betta Kappa and with high honors and received his law degree with honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Upon graduating from law school, he served in the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, prosecuting cases in the Criminal Division as an assistant state’s attorney. He has also served as a Special Assistant State’s Attorney in DuPage County and as a Special Illinois Assistant Attorney General.