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  • Matune won’t challenge vote in ‘tough’ 81st House race Mar 20, 2014 2:39 PM
    Both Republican candidates for the 81st state House seat in the Downers Grove and Naperville area say the race they waged for their party’s nomination was “tough,” but both also say it’s over. Challenger Keith Matune, who lost by 153 votes, now has conceded the race and said he will not seek a recount of votes from any of the district’s precincts in DuPage and Will counties.

  • GOP candidates prevail despite gay marriage vote Mar 19, 2014 1:33 PM
    Suburban Republican lawmakers who voted in support of same-sex marriage were not penalized by conservative voters in their primary elections Tuesday. State Reps. Tom Cross of Oswego, Ed Sullivan of Mundelein and Ron Sandack of Downers Grove all won their primary bids.

  • Sandack claims narrow victory in 81st House Mar 19, 2014 12:06 AM
    In the 81st District, state Rep. Ron Sandack says he narrowly survived a challenge from fellow Downers Grove Republican Keith Matune for his party’s nomination for the seat in Tuesday’s primary election. Sandack claimed 6,744 votes while Matune got 6,590, according to unofficial election results.

  • Plenty of hot DuPage County primary races Mar 16, 2014 8:00 AM
    Voters in Tuesday’s DuPage County primary will pick their party’s nominees for numerous county, state and congressional seats to advance to the November general election. Here’s a look at some of the hottest races DuPage voters will be deciding.

  • The Soapbox Mar 8, 2014 5:00 AM
    Daily Herald editors sound off on an animal tragedy, political sniping and two types of call centers, among other topics.

  • Arrests, honesty at issue in 81st House race Mar 5, 2014 4:30 PM
    Campaign advertisements in the 81st state House race continue to question the honesty of candidate Keith Matune, who is challenging incumbent state Rep. Ron Sandack in a bitter race for the Republican party’s nomination. One campaign mailer questions Matune’s honesty in saying on the Daily Herald’s candidate questionnaire he has never “been arrested for or convicted of a crime,” by citing documents that show Matune was arrested in Indiana in 1992 and charged with public indecency, to which he pled guilty in 1993.

  • 81st House candidates disagree on replacing income tax revenue Feb 27, 2014 9:14 PM
    As the 2011 Illinois income tax increase approaches its sunset date next year, both Republican candidates to represent the 81st state House District agree it should expire as planned. Where incumbent Ron Sandack and challenger Keith Matune differ is on how the state should make up for lost revenue assuming the individual income tax rate drops to 3.75 percent from 5 percent as is scheduled in 2015.

  • Endorsement: Sandack in House Dist. 81, GOP Feb 20, 2014 7:28 PM
    The Daily Heralod endorses Ron Sandack in the Repulican primary for the Illinois House 81st District.

  • Proposal would let show choirs opt out of gym class Feb 20, 2014 7:16 PM
    A suburban Republican lawmaker wants to let high schoolers sing and dance their way out of gym class. State Rep. Ron Sandack, a Downers Grove Republican, wants to add show choir to the list of activities that can net students a physical education exemption, a list that includes school athletic programs and marching band.

  • State House candidates in DuPage get conservative backing Feb 20, 2014 4:28 PM
    Conservative talk show host and former Republican candidate for governor Dan Proft says he’s getting involved in at least two of DuPage County's biggest GOP primary races for Illinois House. Proft has more than $1.5 million in his Liberty Principles political committee, some of which he says he plans to use in advance of the March 18 primary.

  • Ron Sandack: Candidate Profile Feb 14, 2014 10:42 PM
    Candidate information for Ron Sandack, running for 81st District Representative

  • Keith Matune: Candidate Profile Feb 14, 2014 10:45 PM
    Candidate information for Keith Matune, running for 81st District Representative

  • Lisa Thomas: Candidate Profile Feb 14, 2014 10:44 PM
    Candidate information for Lisa Thomas, running for 81st District Representative

  • Sandack, Matune tussle over state pension fixes Feb 18, 2014 8:45 AM
    State Rep. Ron Sandack says he voted for cuts approved in December to public pensions as an "incremental, solid first step" toward fixing a broken system. Now he has proposed a second step. But his opponent in the March 18 GOP primary, Keith Matune, says the proposal is "too little, too late."

  • Now online: Bare knuckles political brawl! Feb 2, 2014 5:00 AM
    Did one candidate call his rival "stupid"? A contentious session between challengers for a seat in the state legislature underscores the value of a new Daily Herald feature: unedited audio recordings of our candidate endorsement sessions. Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director explains.

  • Downers Grove Republicans trade barbs in 81st House race Jan 27, 2014 4:16 PM
    The race for the Republican nomination in the 81st state House district, which covers the Downers Grove and Naperville area, already is a bitter one with each candidate questioning his opposition’s character.

  • School board member may challenge Sandack in primary Oct 31, 2013 9:58 AM
    Teacher Keith Matune says is preparing for a Republican primary challenge to state Rep. Ron Sandack of Downers Grove and could receive backing from a top conservative group. Matune, a member of the Downers Grove based High School District 99 school board, says he’s gathering petition signatures and will run if he gets enough.

  • Ron Sandack: Candidate Profile Sep 21, 2012 4:33 PM
    Candidate information for Ron Sandack, running for 81st District Representative

  • Sandack edges Boyle for House 81 GOP nod Mar 21, 2012 12:21 AM
    State Sen. Ron Sandack won a close race for the Republican nomination in Tuesdays primary to serve in the newly created 81st House District. With 100 percent of votes counted in DuPage and Will counties, Sandack received 54 percent of the vote to Debbie Boyles 46 percent.

  • ‘Unusual’ race coming to close in House District 81 Mar 16, 2012 6:19 PM
    State Sen. Ron Sandack is looking forward to giving a sigh of relief Tuesday night at the end of what he described as one unusual campaign. Sandack and Debbie Boyle, a Downers Grove resident and registered nurse, are vying for the Republican nomination in the newly created 81st House District, but rarely were the two ever in the same place and never did they debate. And earlier this month, Sandacks legislative office in the 1100 block of Warren Avenue in Downers Grove was destroyed by a fire.

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