CHICAGO - Illinois Citizens for Ethics, a group focused on "supporting Illinois candidates and issues that value human life, advance family stability, and uphold the dignity of all people," released a list of candidates they are recommending in the March 18th primary. The list includes candidates on both Republican and Democrat ballots:
- Jeanne Ives (R): Illinois State Representative, 42nd District
- Peter Breen (R): Illinois State Representative, 48th District
- Bob Bednar (R): Illinois State Representative, 51st District
- John Anthony (R): Illinois State Representative, 75th District
- Katherine Cloonen (D): Illinois State Representative, 79th District
- Keith Matune (R): Illinois State Representative, 81st District
- Randy Frese (R): Illinois State Representative, 94th District
- Mark Batinick (R): Illinois State Representative, 97th District
- Terri Bryant (R): Illinois State Representative, 115th District
Mary-Louise Hengesbaugh, spokesperson for ICE-PAC, explained why the group made a pick in the heated 81st House GOP primary.
“Without a doubt Keith Matune is the candidate who will not only make commitments to protect life and defend traditional marriage, but unlike Ron Sandack, Keith Matune will also keep them,” Hengesbaugh said.
"When Ron Sandack was elected to the Illinois House two years ago he made a commitment to the people of District 81 to protect traditional marriage. Many supported him based on his word. One year later he broke his commitment, and lost our trust," she said. "To make matters worse, as a reward for breaking his word to the people of District 81 Mr. Sandack has received large campaign contributions from out-of-state special interest groups.”
Mary Louise Hengesbaugh stated, “Trust in our elected officials matters and public officials must be held accountable by those in the district. Elections afford an opportunity to send a message to elected officials like Ron Sandack, who violated the trust that voters in District 81 placed in him, so we must endorse the challenger, Keith Matune."
Illinois Citizens for Ethics notes that this electoral race has become ugly by focusing on events in
Keith's life decades ago, Hengesbaugh said.
"But far more relevant than a candidate's past is the kind of person she or he has become. Keith has earned accolades such as the State of Illinois Teacher of the Year and Illinois Coach of the Year because of his positive impact on young people. He sits on the Board of Education for the Downers Grove School District, is an admired and respected member of his community, and is a dedicated husband and father. We hope that this race will begin to focus on what is truly important - substantive issues of the candidates' positions and accountability to their constituents - rather than mud-slinging.”