UPDATE x1: Rich Miller has an interesting update and analysis on the Matune story HERE
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DOWNERS GROVE, IL - Keith Matune, who is challenging State Rep. Ron Sandack, claimed today that the incumbent Republican legislator threatened him at a meeting the two had at Omega restaurant in Downers Grove yesterday, January 12.
According to Matune, Sandack told him the meeting was a "courtesy" to inform him that members of the House Republican Organization (HRO) will be releasing unflattering, personal information about his past. Information that could damage Matune's reputation in the community.
The information Sandack may have been referring to is a newspaper article from 1991 that noted Matune had been arrested for larceny, was an out of state fugitive from justice, and was being extradited.
Matune said the incident was an "innocent misunderstanding" and explained that he "unintentionally wrote a $150 check that was returned for insufficient funds while attending college out of state." While home for the summer, he was stopped by local police for a broken headlight and was notified during the stop that there was an out of state warrant issued for an insufficient check.
Matune said he was "completely surprised and unaware of the situation," and that he was not arrested and all charges were dropped within 24 hours after he made full restitution.
According to the Illinois State Police database, Matune has no record of arrest, which is reflected in his employment applications.
Matune apologized for the incident in a press release, including an indecency charge during a fraternity prank. "These incidents happened more than 20 years ago and since that time I've become a husband, father, Illinois teacher and IHSA coach of the year," said Matune.