Robert Schillerstrom (born March 2, 1952) is an American politician and the former DuPage County, Illinois Board Chairman. He currently resides in Naperville, Illinois, and has been a resident of DuPage County for over 40 years.Bob Schillerstrom is a suburban leader and lifelong Illinois resident who, as the former Chairman of the DuPage County Board, led a county larger than six states. He served with fiscal integrity, instituted low property taxes, and placed an emphasis on proven results that reflected the needs of the community.
Bob was elected as County Board Chairman in 1998 with two-thirds of the vote. For over 10 years as Chairman, Bob balanced the budget each year. For over 7 years, Bob reduced the county budget by $200 million through improvements in management, performance and other cost-saving measures. This included eliminating over 200 full-time government jobs, making the ratio of county employees-to-population one of the smallest in the country...
Even during tough economic times, Bob maintained a Triple-A bond rating for DuPage County – the highest rating possible and a bond rating shared by less than 1% of counties nationwide.
Schillerstrom graduated from Naperville Community High School and soon went on to Jacksonville, Illinois, where he attended Illinois College and obtained a bachelor's degree in Religion and History, graduating with honors. Schillerstrom was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Upon graduating from Illinois College, Schillerstrom obtained his law degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law.
From 1980 to 1983, Schillerstrom prosecuted cases as an Assistant State's Attorney for DuPage County in the Criminal Division. After leaving, Schillerstrom became self-employed as an attorney in Naperville.
On June 28, 2009, Schillerstrom announced to a group of about 200 supporters in Naperville that he would seek the office of Governor of Illinois. On January 22, 2010, Schillerstrom withdrew from the race for Governor and endorsed fellow Republican Jim Ryan .