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The Honorable Charles Morrow, III

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Shrimp, Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Acapulco, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/21/1956
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Shrimp, Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Acapulco, Mexico
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/21/1956
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Charles Gay Morrow III was born on July 21, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois. His mother worked for the Chicago Housing Authority for twenty-six years, and his father was an assistant to Illinois Representative Raymond Ewell. The oldest of two children, Morrow attended De La Salle High School and was an honor student despite suffering from a speech impediment. In 1974, he entered the Illinois Institute of Technology, which at the time had only sixty-seven African American students.

Upon graduation, Peoples Gas and the Coca-Cola Company hired Morrow, where he worked for eighteen years. Then Morrow worked for the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Chicago. Morrow's interest and expertise in sanitation and public works made him a viable political candidate and would shape the focus of his political career.

Despite opposition by then-mayor Eugene Sawyer, Morrow was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1986 from the 26th District. Since then, Morrow has acted as chairman of the Appropriations-Public Safety Committee, co-chair of the Legislative Printing Unit and the vice-chairman of the Public Utilities Committee. A participant in the National Conference of Black Legislators, Morrow also finds time for membership in his neighborhood block club. On July 17, 1993, Charles Morrow married Sherri Harris. They are the parents of three sons, named Charles Jr., Michael and Stephen.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Charles Morrow interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Charles Morrow's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Charles Morrow lists his parents' and sibling's names
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Charles Morrow describes what his home environment was like as a boy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Charles Morrow recalls his parents' contrasting personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Charles Morrow recalls his father and his early political interests
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Charles Morrow discusses his formal education through the years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Charles Morrow talks about his ancestors' occupations and his parents' education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Charles Morrow discusses conquering the personal challenges of his youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Charles Morrow recalls the more enjoyable parts of his youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Charles Morrow talks about his experiences at the Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Charles Morrow discusses his transition from college life to his professional career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Charles Morrow talks about his early years in politics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Charles Morrow details his nomination as Representative for the State of Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Charles Morrow details more of his nomination as Representative for the State of Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Charles Morrow discusses his early political experiences and his responsibilities to his constituents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Charles Morrow talks about the effects of Chicago's Democratic Machine on downstate politics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Charles Morrow details the FBI sting operation that almost tainted his political career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Charles Morrow names his political mentors in the Illinois State legislature
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Charles Morrow details the rules for redistricting and how it affects his constituency
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Charles Morrow profiles today's African American politician
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Charles Morrow discusses his family in relation to his political career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Charles Morrow talks about the accomplishments for which he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Charles Morrow gives his advice on making young people politically aware of state legislators
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Charles Morrow explains why his mother had to nominate him on his first run for the Illinois state legislature
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Photo - Freshman year portrait of Charles Gay Morrow, III from De La Salle Institute, Chicago, Illinois, 1970
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Photo - Senior portrait of Charles Gay Morrow, III from De La Salle Institute, Chicago, Illinois, 1974
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Photo - Charles Morrow delivering a speech at a ward organizational meeting, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1986-1987
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Photo - Charles Morrow with Ethel Skyles Alexander and others in the Illinois State Legislature, Springfield, Illinois, ca. 1986-1989
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Photo - Charles Morrow with John Stroger and Charles Freeman, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1986-1989
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Photo - Charles Morrow with children at a daycare center in the West Chatham neighborhood, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1987
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Photo - Charles Morrow with Illinois Governor Jim Edgar and other Illinois State politicians, Springfield, Illinois, ca. 1991-1993
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - Photo - Charles Morrow with journalist and community activist, Lu Palmer, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1987
  • Tape: 3 Story: 15 - Photo - Charles Morrow with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley at an Eleventh Ward reception, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1989-1990
  • Tape: 3 Story: 16 - Photo - Charles Morrow with his sons Michael Seay Morrow and Charles Gay Morrow, IV, at the Illinois House of Representatives, Springfield, Illinois, 1995
  • Tape: 3 Story: 17 - Photo - Charles Morrow with an eighth grade class from Marquette Elementary School on their visit to Springfield, Illinois, 1998
  • Tape: 3 Story: 18 - Photo - Charles Morrow's secretary Jackie Brown, Springfield, Illinois, ca. 1990s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 19 - Photo - Charles Morrow with his wife, Sherri Morrow, and Illinois State legislative staff members, Springfield, Illinois, ca. 1998
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Photo - Charles Morrow at a legislative hearing at McCormick Place convention center, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1998
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Photo - Charles Morrow with his wife, Sherri Harris Morrow, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1998
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Photo - Portrait of Charles Morrow from his public service brochure on African American inventors, Chicago, Illinois, 2000
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Photo - Charles Morrow's public service brochure titled 'Know your African-American Inventors and their Inventions', Chicago, Illinois, 2000