Profile based on candidate's questionnaire. This is not an endorsement.
DOWNERS GROVE - Sixteen years ago, Downers Grove's Keith Matune left his post-college job with former U.S. Congressman Harris Fawell to pursue a master's degree in education. Matune then started teaching high school social studies, for which he was recognized in 2012 as High School Teacher of the Year by the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, a nonprofit dedicated to civic education in the classroom.
In 2011, Matune was elected to the Community High School District 99 Board of Education. Married and father of four children, he is now interested in representing the GOP-leaning 81st House District at the State Capitol.
Matune's backers include conservative Family PAC, Illinois Leadership Project and Liberty PAC.
He is challenging incumbent State Rep. Ron Sandack in the March 18th GOP primary.
Matune answered Illinois Review's 2014 candidate survey saying he would not accept campaign funds from public sector unions and was open to pension reform that includes a "hard cap" on accumulative pensions.
He opposes extending the 2011 state income tax hike and opposes the proposed graduated tax system - both position part of the Illinois Education Association's legislative platform.
Matune is against expanding gambling and for placing term restrictions on state legislative leadership. He didn't indicate on the questionnaire whether or not he supported school choice vouchers, but he did agree that state funds should follow the students to schools parents deemed best.
More about Matune is at www.electmatune.com and his 2014 questionnaire answers are HERE.
Illinois Review does not endorse this, or any, candidate. These bios are of the candidates that responded to our 2014 candidate survey by February 28th, 2014.