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Local Election

Jacobson wins in Hebron despite recent arrest

HEBRON – Hebron's next village president is a man police say had crack cocaine in his car three months ago.

With 61 percent of the vote, John Jacobson defeated incumbent Frank Beatty on Tuesday night, according to unofficial results. He garnered 145 votes compared with Beatty's 92.

"I'm innocent. I'm going to fight for my innocence," Jacobson said Tuesday night after learning the results of the election. "The people in Hebron apparently believe in me, and if they didn't, they wouldn't have voted for me."

Jacobson, was arrested Jan. 15 after police allegedly found about 3 grams of crack cocaine in his vehicle during a traffic stop. He was charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony.

Jacobson, 65, lost his job in the building maintenance department at McHenry County College after the arrest. Jacobson's next court date is May 22.

"I care for our town a tremendous amount," Jacobson said. "I'm going to do a lot of good for our town."

Beatty has been the village's president for 16 years.

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