HEBRON – Hebron Village President John Jacobson was found unconscious in his bathroom wearing only his underwear after a night of smoking crack and drinking, police reports from the March 17 incident obtained by the Northwest Herald reveal.
Jacobson, 68, was charged Tuesday with felony unlawful possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of a firearm without a valid firearm owner’s identification card, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of ammunition after a 911 response to his home March 17.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office provided documents that detail the night under a Freedom of Information Act request the Northwest Herald filed Monday after receiving a tip about the incident at Jacobson’s home.
When sheriff’s deputies responded to Jacobson’s home in the 12300 block of Jacob Avenue about 1 a.m. March 17, a woman – later identified as 27-year-old Jeanna Rosing – yelled at police and paramedics to hurry and follow her into the master bedroom, according to the reports.
Inside the home, police said they found Jacobson taking shallow breaths. Police also saw a glass crack pipe with burnt residue, a small white ashtray with a yellow powdery substance police suspected was crack cocaine and several small knotted plastic bags containing what police suspected were crack rocks on a nearby nightstand, police reports show. A pornographic DVD was in the open tray of the DVD player, police reported.
Executing a search warrant later that day, police also found a silver spoon with burn marks, a syringe, 140 rounds of ammunition, a shotgun and a Chore Boy, a scouring pad used in makeshift crack pipes.
When police asked Rosing what Jacobson had been doing that night, she told them he had been drinking and smoking crack, based on a report of one officer’s conversation with Rosing. She said the night started about 10 p.m. March 16 when Jacobson picked her up at her Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, home. Rosing told police Jacobson told her that he had gone to Rockford to meet his drug dealer earlier in the day and “purchased crack cocaine for their evening together.”
Rosing – who told police Jacobson was an old family friend – said she acted as Jacobson’s bartender that night.
“Jeanna said that several times John would go into his room and would smoke crack cocaine behind his closed door,” one document reads. “Jeanna said that she thought John would try to hide it from her that he was smoking crack cocaine because she thought he felt embarrassed of his drug use habit.”
Jacobson faced drug charges during his 2013 campaign after police said they found crack cocaine in his vehicle during a traffic stop. After being elected, Jacobson pleaded guilty to those charges but was able to keep his office. He later faced charges for driving under the influence in Wisconsin in October 2013. His drug-related probation period ended in July 2014 without action from McHenry County prosecutors.
Police reports show in his most recent run-in, Jacobson and Rosing played a game of strip rummy and Jacobson asked her to get naked and lie in bed with him.
“Jeanna said that John had intentionally turned up the heat in his house to make her hot so that she would want to take her clothes off,” the police report reads. “Jeanna said that John was acting ‘really pervy’ and ‘creepy’ towards her.”
Rosing told police Jacobson had been in his room for a while when she found him unconscious sitting on the top of his toilet with his head learning back against the wall and his eyes rolling back in his head, based on police records. She told police she pulled him on the floor and started splashing water on his face.
Paramedics from the Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Fire Protection District took him to Mercy Harvard Hospital, where documents show he was released about 7 a.m.
McHenry County Sheriff and U.S. Marshals Great Lake Regional Task Force officers arrested Jacobson at his home Tuesday, four days after they obtained a warrant for his arrest. He was released from McHenry County Jail later that night after posting $2,500 bail. He is next due in court April 5 in front of Judge Michael Feetterer.
Jacobson could not be reached for comment. His future with the village is unclear.
State law does not bar Jacobson from continuing to serve as village president while charges are pending, Illinois State Board of Elections Deputy General Counsel Bernadette Harrington said.
“There is no prohibition against someone holding a municipal office while they are being charged with a felony,” Harrington said.
However, state law does prohibit convicted felons from holding local public office. Harrington said if Jacobson is convicted, he would lose his office the day he is found guilty.