Jerry Butler Jr. (born December 8, 1939 in Sunflower, Mississippi) is an American soul singer-songwriter, musician, and a former commissioner of the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

He was the original lead singer of the R&B vocal group the Impressions, and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. After leaving the group in 1960, Butler achieved over 55 Billboard Pop and R&B Chart hits during his solo career including 'He Will Break Your Heart', 'Let It Be Me' and 'Only the Strong Survive'. In 2015, he was inducted into the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.

From 1985 to 2018, he served as a Commissioner for Cook County, Illinois. As a member of this 17-member county board, he chaired the Health and Hospitals Committee and served as Vice Chair of the Construction Committee.

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