Keith R. Matune

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Keith Matune
Former candidate for
Illinois House of Representatives, District 81
Bachelor'sPurdue University
Master'sPurdue University
Campaign website
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Keith Matune was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 81 of the Illinois House of Representatives.


Matune earned his B.A. in political science from Purdue University and his M.S. in Education from Purdue University. His professional experience includes working for Congressman Harris Fawell and as a high school social studies teacher for the past fourteen years.[1]


Campaign themes


Matune's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]


  • Excerpt: "Reform the tax burden on middle class families by preventing the 67% Democrat tax increase from becoming permanent and stopping a progressive tax from being passed. This excessive burden is crushing hard-working middle class families like yours and mine."
  • Excerpt: "Bring about real pension reform by moving newly hired employees into 401K contribution plans and ending compounded Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA’s), while honoring the state’s obligation to fully fund state employee pensions."
  • Excerpt: "Reduce excessive government spending. Illinois brought in $36.4 Billion dollars of total revenue in 2012, which is $6 Billion dollars more than ever before. Enough is enough. We do not need more government, just one we can afford."


  • Excerpt: "Restore jobs, because Illinois has the 4th highest unemployment rate (8.9%) in the Nation and approximately 580,000 people out of work. Illinois also has the 4th highest corporate tax rate (9.5%) in the Nation, which has led to over 600,000 businesses leaving the state since 2000. I will propose sensible policies that will make Illinois attractive to start small and large business, reduces government regulation and lowers the corporate tax rate to 5%, the same as our neighbors in Indiana."
  • Excerpt: "Restore access to a high quality education for ALL children by ensuring that students are college or career ready by the time they graduate through a rigorous curriculum. This would include more parental choice, as well as scrutinizing Common Core implementation and equipping our children with the necessary skills and technology they need to be successful in the 21st Century."


  • Excerpt: "Renew prosperity in Illinois, because $20.5 Billion in revenue has left Illinois during the last decade, $1.5 Billion vanished from the state alone last year."
  • Excerpt: "Renew opportunity, because on average one person leaves Illinois every 11 minutes. In fact, Illinois has had a net migration of 806,000 people since 1995. With these grim statistics, who will be left in the state for the Democrats to tax?"
  • Excerpt: "Renew people’s faith and confidence in state government by electing ordinary citizens, not career politicians, who will do what the people require through hard work, common sense and a commitment to core principles and a commitment to core values."



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 18, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Incumbent Ron Sandack defeated Keith R. Matune in the Republican primary and then defeated Elizabeth Chaplin (D), who filed to run on June 2, in the general election. Lisa Thomas (D) was removed from the ballot on January 9, 2014.[3][4][5][6]

Illinois House of Representatives District 81, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRon Sandack Incumbent 60% 22,788
     Democratic Elizabeth "Liz" Chaplin 40% 15,199
Total Votes 37,987



In 2014, Matune's endorsements included the following:[7]

  • DuPage Conservatives


Matune and his wife, Dawn, have four children. In 2012, Matune was named Illinois Teacher of the Year and Illinois Coach of the Year in 2008. He is also a school board member for the Community High School District 99.[1]

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