Hi, I'm Charlie McGorray and I'm running for Illinois State Representative in the 96th District.  I've spent my life serving the community, and am seeking to be elected to bring a common-sense, working-class voice to Springfield.  I was born and raised in Decatur and graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 1968. I graduated from Olney Central College in 1970. I enlisted in the US Army and was trained/assigned to the 171st Infantry Brigade for two years. After returning home, I was employed at Firestone as a Production Supervisor.  In 1981, I joined the Decatur Fire Department, where I retired as Captain in 2007.  From 2010-2014, I owned and operated McGorray's Golf & Grille, employing up to 40 great staff members.  Over the last few years, I have helped a few Decatur startups get going, including National Foodworks Services and Door 4 Brewing Co.  I am happily married to my wife Vicki, and we love our West-end historical Decatur home that we share with our pup Emmitt.  I have been involved with many community organizations over the last few years, including the Decatur Celebration, DAAC, Baby Talk, Governor Ogilvy's Mansion, and the Smokin' Decatur BBQ Fest.

I have been blessed to call Decatur my home throughout my life.  I've enjoyed a life of service in both the US Army and the Decatur Fire Department.  I've been fortunate enough to start a small business and employ people in my hometown.  Frankly, it's gotten really tough in Illinois because of poor leadership in Springfield.  We've forgotten how to keep our finances in check and we've forgotten that small business is the engine that drives our economy in Illinois.  In the 96th district, our representative almost always votes with Chicago to the detriment of the people of the 96th District.  The solutions to our problems aren't hard.  They simply require common sense.  I will fight to bring back fiscal responsibility, ethics reform and pro-business policies for the people of Illinois.  Together, we can start to solve Illinois' problems and make Illinois a bright and shining star in our country again.  I'm asking for your support.