Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Mike Turay attended Chicago Vocational High School. In April of 1966, Mr. Turay enlisted in the United States Air Force. After serving 21 years in the USAF, he is now a retired Master Sergeant and a Vietnam Veteran. Upon retiring from his career in the Air Force, he began a second career with the Department of Veterans Affairs for an additional 21 years. Mr. Turay also attended night school where he earned three Technical Associate’s Degrees and a Bachelor’s Degree all while raising a family and serving our nation both in and out of uniform.
Mr. Turay is currently married and has three sons and a daughter; he is also the proud grandfather of four boys and four girls. His three sons all attended school in the Crete-Monee School District and graduated from Crete-Monee High School. His daughter attended school in Tokyo and currently resides there with her husband and three children. Mr. Turay is now retired and enjoys spending time fishing, hunting, gardening, and reading. He is extremely honored and proud to have served the United States of America for his entire adult life. He believes his greatest personal accomplishment is continuing to be a good father to his children and grandfather to his grandchildren – there to guide and nurture them.
Mr. Turay wanted to serve on the school board because he believes children truly are the future and they need voices of reason and common sense in their corner – as do the taxpayers.