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*** UPDATED x1 - New Proft TV ad *** Curiouser and curiouser

Thursday, Mar 6, 2014

* The House Republicans just sent out a press release documenting Keith Matune’s arrest record. As you know, Matune is challenging Rep. Ron Sandack in the GOP primary.

The HGOP release talked about Matune’s public indecency/resisting arrest charges and the DuPage County bust for allegedly bouncing a check in Virginia, but this other arrest was news to me…

Arrest 3: Charged with criminal trespass: gaining entry to a woman’s dormitory through a window a year after leaving college

Direct from court documents:

    On January 17, 1994, Keith Matune knowingly and intentionally entered the Shoemaker Cooperative after having been denied entry as evidenced by his having to enter through a window.

    On January 26, 1994, the Court is advised that Matune has been arrested on warrant and posted bond. The Court orders Matune to appear in court in person on February 14, 1994. The Court advises that if Matune fails to appear a re-arrest warrant will be issued.

    On February 14, 1994, Matune enters a plea of not guilty and requests trial by jury. The court sets a trial date for June 21, 1994.

    On April 18, 1994, Matune signs a plea agreement and the court withholds prosecution, but orders Matune to show written proof of completion of all conditions of probation (2 payments of $50, good and lawful behavior, and not to enter the premises again).

* Kinda creepy. And check this out…

Arrest 2/conviction: Convicted of Public Indecency/Charged with Resisting Arrest – Matune does not disclose conviction on his teaching application in May, 2013 (Which is a crime in itself)

Direct from certified court documents:

    On December, 18, 1992, in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, Keith Matune did knowingly or intentionally, in a public place, appear in a state of nudity. Matune also did knowingly or intentionally: forcibly resist, obstruct or interfere with a law enforcement officer. The prosecuting attorney for the State of Indiana filed both charges with affidavit supporting probable cause. Matune appears before the court in Sheriff’s custody.

    On April 7, 1993, Matune withdraws his plea of Not Guilty and enters a plea of Guilty to the charge of public indecency. Matune is sentenced to 1 year in jail, the sentence was suspended and Matune was placed on probation for 1 year having to meet the following conditions: pay court costs, maintain good and lawful behavior, and complete any program of counseling recommended for him by his counselors in the State of Virginia. (Matune gave law enforcement and the courts a Virginia address.)

Emphasis was added to point out that less than a year after Matune was put on one-year probation, he was busted again for breaking into that women’s dormitory.

* Now, about that “first” arrest…

Arrest 1: Felony warrant of arrest issued in Montgomery Co., Virginia
On February 3, 1991, Matune wrote a bad check for $500. On March 26, 1991 a felony warrant was issued for the arrest of Keith Matune, a hearing date was set for April 24, 1991 and Matune failed to appear. The warrant was for a felony charge of larceny by check in the amount $500 (not $150 as Matune claims).

Fugitive from justice: felony charge in Illinois

On May 3, 1991, Keith Matune was pulled over in Downers Grove for driving with bright headlights. During this stop, a routine check on the offender revealed an N.C.I.C. warrant for Matune’s arrest out of Montgomery Co., Virginia. Matune was then taken into custody. The Montgomery County Sheriff then notified the Downers Grove police that they “will immediately initiate the extradition process to return him to Montgomery County.” The DuPage County state’s attorney then authorized an additional felony charge of “fugitive from justice.” Matune was booked and taken to DuPage County jail. Court records show bail was set at $20,000.

On May 23, 1991, Matune appeared in DuPage County to face the felony charge of “fugitive from justice.” Court records state that Matune “fled the Commonwealth of Virginia with the intent to avoid prosecution for that [larceny] offense.”

The extradition was only cancelled after Matune was forced to pay restitution.

* OK, so if you look at the original Virginia arrest warrant, you’ll see that the man who swore that Matune wrote a check “with the intent to defraud, knowing that there were insufficient funds in the account to pay said check,” was a guy named Edward Jasie.

Ed Jasie is now deceased, but he was a criminal defense attorney.

So, Matune bounces a check to a noted criminal defense attorney (and a former commonwealth attorney) then heads to Illinois.

Which begs the question, might there be more to the curious case of Keith Matune?

Full document dump is here.

*** UPDATE *** Dan Proft’s new TV ad blasting Sandack and supporting Matune…

- Posted by Rich Miller        


73 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 3:35 pm:

    As I recall, the HGOP tried to warn him about this being exposed, right?


  2. - SonofSuperAbe2014 - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 3:38 pm:

    This man is a menace. He should not teach our children and he has no right running for office. Dan Proft is comfortable w/ criminal activity. He is so Cicero.


  3. - Will Caskey - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 3:38 pm:

    Well the important thing is that he was stalking and burglarizing a woman not a man.

    Traditional family values!


  4. - Walker - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 3:38 pm:

    20 years ago

    anything since?


  5. - Raunerbot - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 3:40 pm:

    Kinda creepy is right.


  6. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 3:44 pm:

    Keith Matune, you are a mad man. I want to party with you, cowboy. The two of us together? Forget about it.


  7. - OneMan - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 3:46 pm:

    47th Ward…

    Congratulations, you win the Internet today


  8. - Big Muddy - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 3:47 pm:

    No saints in this race but Matune is clearly creepy. This all ties back to Proft lets not forget. Dan Proft the Puritan sure will go to nasty and ugly lengths to clear a grudge, and kill the GOP in the process. Anyone seriously think the House GOP with Ives, Breen and Matune in it will get anything done? Me neither.


  9. - Powell - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 3:50 pm:

    So Proft is the GOP messaging messiah? These ads are plain awful. Are they made on PowerPoint?


  10. - OneMan - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 3:51 pm:

    So it appears the thing he was charged with sneaking into is at Purdue..

    http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~shoecoop/aboutshoemaker.html

    Seems a bit like a sorority house without being a sorority… Is there a Purdue alum who can enlighten us?


  11. - wordslinger - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 3:51 pm:

    Durkin is a swinging a two-by-four for his incumbent.


  12. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 3:51 pm:

    ===…House GOP with Ives, Breen and Matune…===

    That would be a “dream” for MJM and a nightmare for everyone else.

    Can you imagine those 3 and the “collegial” way about them? You would have Breen “looking” through your window, Matune “climbing” in your window, and Ives “screaming” out the windows of the Statehouse.

    Its like having John Cullerton’s “McCarter times 3″


  13. - Phil - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 3:51 pm:

    You have to wonder if this info isn’t coming out too late to make a difference.


  14. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 3:52 pm:

    The Matune Ad is all wet.


  15. - shore - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 3:53 pm:

    Democrats are running out of popcorn watching these shows. Time for a pivot to junior mints or maybe some some chocolate covered raisins?

    what a mess.


  16. - Walker - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 3:53 pm:

    Proft attacks Sandack for a “rain tax”?

    What next? A claim that Sandack wouldn’t have built the ark?


  17. - Arthur Andersen - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 3:53 pm:

    Mostly o/t, but how can someone be a teacher in District A and a school board member in district B? Am I getting this right?


  18. - SonofSuperAbe2014 - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 3:55 pm:

    Think of the TV ad w/ all of Matune’s arrests…Think…How about? Protect Illinois from those darn gays: Elect a Felon


  19. - DuPage - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 3:56 pm:

    These are just times he got caught. How much other stuff did he do that they did not catch?


  20. - Jake From Elwood - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:00 pm:

    Groaner alert: Matune is clearly out of tune with his district.


  21. - sal-says - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:01 pm:

    “Curiouser and curiouser” ????

    Scarier and scarier.

    Just love how the ‘best and brightest’ get into politics.


  22. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:01 pm:

    ===Durkin is a swinging a two-by-four for his incumbent.===

    Love the way Durkin goes about his business for the Caucus. It ain’t beanbag, and if you try to take “theirs” out, be ready.

    Good point.


  23. - Ewwh - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:02 pm:

    The man is a Kennedy in the making… it is creepy.

    still Deb Mell has been arrested and bid on her current partner at an auction.


  24. - Team America - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:02 pm:

    Wonder if Dick Uihlein likes how Proft is spending his money.


  25. - OneMan - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:03 pm:

    Read the documents, it looks like the one incident was in a computer center if I read that right.

    Spent literally hundreds of hours in computer labs as an undergrad during roughly the same era at a different school (both due to my major and my job) and saw a lot of stuff, never saw that however…


  26. - Reality Check - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:03 pm:

    Let me get this straight. Matune was arrested for breaking into a woman’s dorm room and for indecent exposure.

    And now his ad brags about him being a GYMNASTICS COACH?

    Creepy is an understatement.

    But given that the narrator talks at the speed of an auctioneer, maybe no one will understand a word of it.


  27. - Big Muddy - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:05 pm:

    OW @3:51
    I just choked on my coffee reading that! Then it hit me that it could become a reality…
    Answers why Dirkin is swinging the 2×4 pretty clearly doesn’t it?


  28. - MrJM - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:05 pm:

    More evidence of creepy behavior from an individual with a long and well-documented sleazy history who should be kept far from the levers of power in Illinois, but enough about Dan Proft…

    – MrJM


  29. - A guy... - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:08 pm:

    The ad is actually issue oriented and well done. The storm water tax is a contentious issue in Dupage, especially with churches and other NFP properties. As for all the other stuff, I think the HGOP is getting a little far out there on a limb on this stuff. I like Ron, I hope he’s successful, but this thing is starting to turn into an entire party plunger in that district. The HGOP is way too involved here. Prince James D. is in trouble if Ron loses. I hope two things now. I hope Ron wins. I hope Jim learns something here.


  30. - A guy... - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:15 pm:

    OW, all kidding aside and with respect here, Jim Durkin looks like a gorilla in this situation. This ain’t protecting an incumbent anymore. This is irrational nuttiness on his part. He blows this and he’ll be the shortest leader in the history of the caucus. He succeeds and the very same might be true. Maybe I’m nuts, but he’s way off the reservation here. This is ugly and public now. If public sentiment wasn’t against this challenger before, this could cement the people who think the guy’s getting victimized. It’s weird science, but there’s absolutely nothing to admire about Durkin’s handling of this. Nothing.


  31. - zatoichi - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:15 pm:

    Don’t know the guy but his Facebook says: ‘Keith has been named Illinois Teacher of the Year and is a tireless advocate for children and taxpayers who will Fight for Illinois Families.’

    He looks about early 40’s. So is this 1994 item a youthful indiscretion where he got caught? I have several friends who had a number of youthful indiscretions experiences before becoming school superintendents and judges. Did this guy do the proverbial ‘turned his life around?’ Sometimes your past reminds you of what happened, not what you want to remember.


  32. - SonofSuperAbe2014 - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:19 pm:

    His last arrest was at age 25. Matune stated he was never arrested in a press release. He was arrested three times and convicted twice. And we have no idea what he did in VA, except bounce a check to a criminal defense attorney. Keith is fighting for Illinois families. Really?? Looks like Illinois families need a fighter to keep Keith away.


  33. - Smoggie - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:21 pm:

    Oswego’s 3:51 comment is classic. That really sums this up.

    At times I wonder if Madigan is secretly paying Proft. Certainly the Speaker must be thrilled with Proft’s efforts.

    And in all seriousness, the school district needs to take a look at the criminal record. That is really creepy. I sure would not want Matune around my kids.


  34. - OneMan - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:21 pm:

    The teacher of the year award appears to be from the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago

    http://www.crfc.org/news/2012-teachers-year-announced


  35. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:22 pm:

    - zatoichi -,

    Here is the major difference;

    Matune said there was nothing criminal in his past for employment and while running for the Illinois General Assembly.

    Here is the rub.

    Wether Matune thought, knew, hoped, prayed that nome of this might surface, Matune rolled the dice. If Matune came clean, and said, “Hey, I do have these things in my past, I want to talk about them…” Matune might have had a shot out of this.

    Matune also had the option of not running and keep this private.

    I feel bad for his wife, for his kids, teaching colleagues, extended family, but it appears something happened, and Matune knew more about it in 1994.

    Shame on Proft for not vetting. If I was Matune, I would also send some blame to Proft for allowing me (Matune) to be put in this situation.


  36. - Smoggie - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:23 pm:

    Adding — and Matune really needs to explain why he was writing a check to a criminal defense lawyer.


  37. - DateNight - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:23 pm:

    Dan Proft’s ad is the one that is creepy. This guy attacks people by calling them names? I though bullying was out of fashion. Proft didn’t know how to get himself elected, so why is anyone surprised he’s backing a perv??


  38. - just askin' - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:25 pm:

    I wonder if the HR department at Indian Prairie Schools is having a good day today?


  39. - How Ironic - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:27 pm:

    Maybe if Dan Rutherford can win the primary he can use Matune as his running mate. They can run on a touchy-feely platform.


  40. - Smoggie - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:33 pm:

    Oswego it is tough to blame Proft when Sandack sat down to tell Matune early that this was coming.

    Also, Matune chose to take the advice of a guy that got 7% in a GOP primary. Just based on that judgment, Matune is unqualified to teach children.


  41. - OneMan - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:35 pm:

    Curious if his students know….. That would have to be awkward…


  42. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:37 pm:

    ===…when Sandack sat down to tell Matune early that this was coming.===

    I addressed that above. Irony, and my point.

    As to Proft and hiring and listening; People are motivated and have people around them who say they can make their dreams come true in any business. In politics, the laundry becomes public, and the mistakes are public too.

    Pride, and Hubris to his past, and an enabler sometimnes make a bad cake.


  43. - William j Kelly - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:39 pm:

    I guess the best thing any republican in Illinois can do is avoid dan profts endorsement! There but for the grace of god go I!


  44. - A guy... - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:44 pm:

    And yet with all of you whispering in the cloak room, it’s a close race. And it shouldn’t be. Something is going on in voterland up there in 81. I don’t know for sure what the polling says other than what I read here, but this thing must be pretty darn close for all of the kitchen sinks being thrown around. I still maintain the HGOP is now more than a few yards out of bounds here. Ron would be a lot better off without some of this “help”.


  45. - Priceless... - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:45 pm:

    Perhaps folks should reacquaint themselves with the hundreds of thousands of Cicero tax dollars Proft “engineered” for his own self-indulgence.

    Dick Uihlein, Roser and the likes can’t help themselves they just keep giving and giving to the hacks – what a shame. You got to wonder why these folks don’t use their finances for the better of society and stay out of the political game or at least do research and hire credible folks.

    Proft, Tillman, Rauner…bad for Illinois!


  46. - wordslinger - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:45 pm:

    – If public sentiment wasn’t against this challenger before, this could cement the people who think the guy’s getting victimized. –

    Yeah, that happens all the time.

    When was the last time? Or even once?


  47. - OneMan - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:48 pm:

    It took 45 comments for Rauner’s name to show up in one….

    You guys are slackin…


  48. - MrJM - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:52 pm:

    “It took 45 comments for Rauner’s name to show up in one….”

    Who’s “Rauner”?

    – MrJM


  49. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 4:53 pm:

    ===I still maintain the HGOP is now more than a few yards out of bounds here. Ron would be a lot better off without some of this “help”.===

    Unless, in the early to mid 1990s the HGOP set-up Matune on several occasions, aided in his moving to Illinois, and them got Matune pulled over ….

    Then… waited nearly 20 years for Matune to apply for employment … as a teacher… and the HGOP told him to forget the arrest… and … then made sure Matune ran for st. Rep,…

    Sometimes you make a messy bed that you have to sleep in.

    Matune is not a victim. However, according to some reports, there may have been victims.

    Love how the HGOP is going about their business. The 32 left, vying to come back one way or another, know that the Political Arm is there for rewards, and for “reminders” for choices that may effect the unity they agreed to with the election of Leader Durkin. Good on that Crew.


  50. - A guy... - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 5:13 pm:

    WS, Keep watching this one. The closer to it you get, the more you see. There are people who think there is heavy “character assassination” going on there. I’ve picked my favorite in this one. But it’s looking tougher by the day. Keep watching.


  51. - Smoggie - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 5:15 pm:

    A Guy,
    What compels you to defend a guy with the creepy record of Matune?
    Is it that the far right social agenda is more important to you than the guy’s criminal history?

    Or do you just have something against the minority leader?

    What exactly is your reasoning?


  52. - A guy... - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 5:16 pm:

    OW, take your pick; Anaheim or Orlando. You’re living in one or the other with your analysis here. The HGOP look like the gang that can’t shoot straight and Durkin is in the eye of a hurricane here. He could lose safe seats. Even 2 putt just lost the toss ups.


  53. - wordslinger - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 5:18 pm:

    A Guy, someone always talks about a coming backlash to negative oppo research.

    Yet everyone still does it.


  54. - dupage dan - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 5:18 pm:

    I think I need to wear gloves when I retrieve the Matune mailings from my mailbox. And place them directly into the garbage can rather than in the recycle bin inside my house.

    Eeeeeuuuuu.


  55. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 5:20 pm:

    ===Durkin is in the eye of a hurricane here. ===

    That is where Leaders belong, and not on the Golf Course.

    How you think a thrice arrested candidate deserves kid gloves speaks again, going against that better self.

    Nose/Face kinda thing?

    Durkin knows exactly what he is doing, he expalined it, I am for it, and it is no secret as to the “whats or the whys”.

    A thrice arrested candidate is getting a raw deal .., that is just Mickey Mouse. lol


  56. - Big Muddy - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 5:20 pm:

    Do the Dem’s have anyone waiting for November? A guy just brought up an interesting point. If Matune wins MJM will dump a ton of cash into this seat, and win it. Hence Dan will win by losing?
    Way to go Proft you mope.


  57. - Nearly Normal - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 5:44 pm:

    I wonder if Matune’s teacher license is in jeopardy. These charges were out of state so a background check in Illinois would not catch these. He should not have been able to get a teacher certificate/license with a record.

    I would not be surprised if some parents filed a complaint with the state board of ed in regards to this man.


  58. - Toure's Latte - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 5:48 pm:

    == ===Durkin is in the eye of a hurricane here. ===
    That is where Leaders belong, and not on the Golf Course.==

    Don’t tell us, tell Two Putt.

    Sorry couldn’t resist.


  59. - Bill White - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 5:56 pm:

    == If Matune wins MJM will dump a ton of cash into this seat, and win it. ===

    If MJM dumped a ton of cash into this race, he could win the seat whether it’s Sandack or Matune.

    Lisle Township has scads of poorly organized precincts that could become Democratic strongholds with competent professional assistance.

    I want the local Democrats to run someone whether it’s Sandack OR Matune to start that process this cycle. Pat Quinn will be needing all the help he can get in November, versus Bruce Rauner and a quality H81 candidate can help with the local organizing.

    I don’t think Bill Foster will need the help but it wouldn’t hurt.

    ===

    And in 2016, when it’s Hillary Clinton at the top of the ballot, House 81 should be an easy Dem pick-up.


  60. - SonofSuperAbe2014 - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 6:03 pm:

    Bill, you served on the school board w/ Keith. I find that you have not one iota of outrage about his behavior. Interesting?? Do you think parents in your district would be extremely unhappy if a teacher lied like Keith.


  61. - Bill White - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 6:11 pm:

    SonofSuperAbe2014,

    Everyone close to that school board knows that Keith and I did not get along very well. I am not among his greatest fans.

    That said, I will not comment about the the significance of these accusations relative to the school board because (a) I do not know the entire story; (b) I no longer serve on the school board; and (c) the best interests of the district would not be served by hashing this out on a blog.

    Sorry . . .

    ===

    My #1 goal is to elect a Democrat to House 81.

    Sooner rather than later.


  62. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 7:15 pm:

    stalker,streeker,teacher…The Grand Old Party never ends.


  63. - Tony Strupac - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 7:24 pm:

    Durkin is the best thing to happen to the HGOPs in a generation. He’ll pull out the stops for his caucus and they will stand by him, no matter the outcome. Any speculation to the contrary is just wishful thinking by a Durkin-hater.

    Oh, and by the way, Madigan will not seriously target Sandack, the likely nominee. Madigan does not want to build on his caucus numbers. Running a super-majority is like herding cats.


  64. - Big Muddy - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 8:10 pm:

    But if it’s Matune MJM comes in a plays. And wins.


  65. - Big Muddy - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 8:11 pm:

    -and-
    Scotch is having desired effect.


  66. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 8:12 pm:

    What the heck is wrong with Team Quinn?

    Liberty Principles PAC is a shell corporation for Dick Uilhein, who gave Rauner $250,000.

    Call on Rauner to denounce the transparently homophobic attacks funded by Dick Uilhein and give back the money.

    We are trying to bring jobs to Illinois, and Rauner’s pal Uilhein is making us look like bigger jerks than Arizona.


  67. - Oh Come On! - Thursday, Mar 6, 14 @ 8:44 pm:

    If State Reps Derrick Smith and John D’Amico are still in office, this fellow will feel right at home.


  68. - Bill White - Friday, Mar 7, 14 @ 7:05 am:

    What we have in House 81 are two flawed candidates.

    Matune is flawed for the reasons that have been discussed, including his hard right social views.

    On the other hand, we have Ron Sandack who worked diligently to give the DuPage County Board the power to impose a massive stormwater utility fee without a public referendum (HB1522) - no other county in Illinois has that authority.

    The very same bill (HB1522) also gives Peoria the ability to impose a stormwater fee however in that instance the fee must first be approved by referendum.

    Sandack or Matune?

    I say neither. I want a Democrat who will represent the interests of H81 not the interests of Dan Cronin.


  69. - VanillaMan - Friday, Mar 7, 14 @ 7:56 am:

    Matune acts like he has something to hide. If he did things like I did back in college during the 1990s and got caught - and these were just bad silly and inmature male acts…. and he was now more mature and sincere to serve after these arrests - THEN he would have come right out and told us.

    His behavior TODAY expose him, (pun intended), as a man we should not be electing to any public office.

    His behavior about this shows he is still too inmature.


  70. - VanillaMan - Friday, Mar 7, 14 @ 7:58 am:

    And what’s a Sandack? I thought those were extinct after the battle scene in one of those Star Trek movies.


  71. - OneMan - Friday, Mar 7, 14 @ 8:27 am:

    Is Matune still on the school board, wonder how he would feel about a teacher in the district who had undisclosed arrests and his sort of record?


  72. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Friday, Mar 7, 14 @ 8:49 am:

    @Bill White -

    Okay, so voters in DuPage County elect a board….then they don’t trust their own choice of board members, and want to require referenda before they can act to stop flooding?

    Kinda crazy if you ask me.


  73. - Bill White - Friday, Mar 7, 14 @ 8:56 am:

    @Yellow Dog

    If it is a good idea for Du Page why isn’t it a good idea for the entire state?

    Also, anyone who advocates for stormwater utility “fees” has no business campaigning on an “anti-tax” platform.


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* A day after the shouting, GOP and Democrats bac.....
* Editorial: Madigan's band plays on - Quad City .....
* Democrats Defy Governor, Pass Budget Without Co.....
* Rauner, Democrats keep fighting over Illinois b.....
* Illinois road plan focuses on maintenance and r.....


* IDOT to halt road work in many areas during holiday weekend
* Rauner, Democrats keep fighting over budget as time runs out
* GOP targets Democrats who voted 'yes' on Illinois budget
* Amazon to open 2nd center in Joliet bringing 2,000 jobs
* Ex-Winnebago County director charged with embezzlement
* Autopsy finds man found dead after shootout killed himself
* Fourth person arrested in girl's shooting at family gathering
* Illinois House Democrats defy governor, push own budget
* House fails to override Rauner's veto of arbitration bill
* Illinois House speaker writing own budget, defying governor

* IDOT devoting $15M to roads and bridges in Sangamon County
* State budget battle rages on as clock ticks down
* First bird testing positive for West Nile in 2016 found in east-central Illinois
* Rauner, Democrats keep fighting over budget as time runs out
* Ray LaHood at prayer breakfast: Virtues of ordinary people make country great
* Chicago Schools CEO to lead Statehouse rally over funding
* Chicago Schools CEO leads Statehouse rally over education funding
* House Democrats defy governor, pass own budget; Rauner administration vows veto
* Illinois House fails again to override Rauner's veto of union-backed arbitration bill
* House OKs budget plan for next year; administration says it's $7B out of balance, vows veto

* Where free wind meets cheap gas in U.S., power dynamics changing
* State budget crisis spurs trading tax plan that CME hates
* Illinois Commerce Commission OKs Peoples Gas settlements
* BMO Harris employees bracing for job cuts
* Is Mike Madigan starting to lose his stuff?


* Police warn of garage burglaries in Avalon Park, Calumet Heights
* Teen boy shot in Roseland
* Gene Lyons: Donald Trump’s cult of lies
* Man shot in Greater Grand Crossing
* Police: Man found shot to death in Englewood
* Man critically wounded in Washington Park shooting
* Georgia Nicols horoscopes for May 27, 2016
* Dear Abby: Let’s share a moment to honor the fallen
* Police: Man killed, 10 wounded in city shootings Thursday
* Man shot while walking out of Humboldt Park store


* 2 dead, 9 wounded in Chicago shootings
* Runner dies in Grant Park race
* Group wades through neck-deep water to escape flooded Kentucky cave
* Rapper arrested in shooting at T.I. concert in NYC that killed 1
* Warriors stave off elimination, beat Thunder 120-111 in Game 5
* Another set of co-winners at Scripps National Spelling Bee
* Saudi Arabia takes rearguard action to stop Iran's economic rise
* A constitutional coup in Congo
* Likely options put Joakim Noah's future in Chicago in real doubt
* Anger throughout Capitol a day after Madigan's big budget move


* IDOT devoting $15M to roads and bridges in Sangamon County
* State budget battle rages on as clock ticks down
* Our View: Stubbornness, drama impede any progress at Statehouse
* First bird testing positive for West Nile in 2016 found in east-central Illinois
* Rauner, Democrats keep fighting over budget as time runs out
* Ray LaHood at prayer breakfast: Virtues of ordinary people make country great
* Chicago Schools CEO to lead Statehouse rally over funding
* Chicago Schools CEO leads Statehouse rally over education funding
* House Democrats defy governor, pass own budget; Rauner administration vows veto
* Illinois House fails again to override Rauner's veto of union-backed arbitration bill


* Area history, May 27, 2016
* HS State Track: Boys' 2A, 3A prelims
* Future looks bright for Tuscola baseball
* Thursday's highlights: Chargers tennis duo stays alive
* Unity tabs Reed as next boys' hoops coach
* Loman lands with SJ-O girls' basketball
* Track 1A prelims notebook: PBL relay nears record
* Facility committee narrows options on school upgrades
* Preliminary setback doesn't deter Davis
* Hiltzik, Vukic on to NCAA round of 16


* US investigating Chinese steelmakers in trade secrets case
* Multiple I-290 crashes leave no serious injuries
* Clearbrook leader honored at Rolling Meadows Circle of Success
* Softball: Thursday, May 26 scoreboard
* Girls soccer: Thursday, May 26 scoreboard

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* TSA changes announced to decrease travel t......
* Rep. Tammy Duckworth Working with Senator ......

* US Senate to vote to bolster defence ties ......
* Sen. Mark Kirk: Veterans hospitals continu......

* “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
* Fridays At Buttercup Park: Movies and Entertainment
* Ria Rae Harris and I discuss Illinois school funding on her internet radio show. Video.
* The Claypool rule.
* Teachers (George Counts).
* “As educators, rather than raising your voices Over the rustling of our chains, Take them off. Un-cuff us. Unencumbered by the lumbering weight Of poverty and privilege, Policy and ignorance.”
* Cartoon of the Day - 5/25/16 - IL auditor Mautino investigation
* Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
* Illinois Lawmakers Could Try To Override Rauner's Labor Bill Veto (UPDATED)
* Memorial Day image


* Emergency Management Officials, National Weather Service Encourage Winter Preparedness - November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois
* Keep Your Family Safe This Winter - November through February are leading months for carbon monoxide related incidents
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* Illinois Department of Labor Director Hugo Chaviano Awards Governor’s Award for Contributions in Health and Safety to the Illinois Refining Division of Marathon Petroleum Company LP
* State Regulator Elected Treasurer of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact




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