DOWNERS GROVE – Court records released Thursday by the House Republican Organization reveal a third, previously unrevealed brush with the law for Illinois House District 81 candidate Keith Matune.
The House Republican Organization backs Matune's Republican primary opponent, incumbent State Rep. Ron Sandack.
Court records obtained by the organization and released to the media show that Matune was arrested in January 1994 for allegedly entering a woman's dormitory through a window. In April 1994 he signed a plea agreement and the court withheld prosecution in exchange for two payments of $50, good behavior and promising not to enter the premises again, according to the documents.
Matune said Thursday that the building was his previous college fraternity house, was vacant, and that he and his friends entered the building with keys, not through a window, for a nostalgic reasons after finishing college.
This is the second incident the organization has released information on regarding Matune.
"It's a desperate act of a desperate campaign who knows they're not going to win this election," Matune said Thursday. "It's the whole centerpiece of the Ron Sandack campaign. They have absolutely nothing to run on so they have to smear and defame someone's name."
Sandack said in response that, "I've run a positive campaign. People that are paying attention know where I am on the issues that matter to the families in the 81st. Mr. Matune's past is his past, and everyone makes a mistake. But his failure to be honest about it is a troubling act.
"Anyone that's been listening to him [knows that] he continually changes his story – or he's forgotten he's been arrested, or that he told the [media outlets] he's never been the arrested."
Earlier this year, Matune accused Sandack of making a veiled threat to release information about a previous arrest if Matune stayed in the race. Sandack responded, saying that the meeting with Matune was a courtesy and that there was nothing he could do to stop the information from coming out.
That information concerned a 1991 incident when Matune was arrested in Downers Grove and charged with being a fugitive from justice after police discovered he was wanted on a larceny charge in Montgomery County, Va.
"Keith’s attorney immediately made full restitution on his behalf and all charges were dropped within 24 hours," a press release from Matune stated.
Matune was also convicted of public indecency in 1992 for a fraternity prank.
"These incidents happened more than 20 years ago and since that time he has become a husband, father, Illinois teacher and IHSA coach of the year," according to a Matune campaign press release in January.
Matune is also a current member of the Downers Grove School District 99 board.
In 2012, he was named as the High School Teacher of the Year by Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, non-profit dedicated to civic education.