Opponents question candidate's 1991 arrest

Opponents question candidate's 1991 arrest

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:51

Republican Keith Matune is facing criticism from his primary election opponent for the Illinois House, state Rep. Ron Sandack, over an arrest of Matune in 1991.

Matune, a Downers Grove Republican, sent out a news release Monday to try to explain the situation. Here's what he said:

Keith unintentionally wrote a $150 check that was returned for insufficient funds while attending college out of state. While home for the summer, Keith 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.

Keith was completely surprised and unaware of the situation. The officers refused to comply with the extradition request; Keith was not placed under arrest and was promptly released. Keith’s attorney immediately made full restitution on his behalf and all charges were dropped within 24 hours.

Matune also said on his Daily Herald candidate questionnaire that he had never been arrested.

But records from DuPage courts at the time show he was arrested May 3, 1991, and posted $2,000 bond before charges were dropped.

Asked about the discrepancy, Matune points to the Illinois State Police database showing he has no criminal record

"That's what I've been going on these 20 years," he said.

He says he doesn't recall the details of the situation.

"I don't remember any of the details, to be honest," Matune said. He said his attorney sorted things out at the time and that the situation hasn't arisen in background checks to be a teacher.

Matune shot back at Sandack in the news release, saying he felt threatened by a meeting at the Omega restaurant in Downers Grove where Sandack disclosed to Matune that he knew about the arrest.

Sandack says he had good intentions in trying to let Matune know the arrest might come out.

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