WOODSTOCK – Hebron Village President John Jacobson made his first appearance in McHenry County court on Tuesday and asked for permission to cross state lines for work and shopping.
The 68-year-old, represented by defense attorney Mark Facchini, appeared before Judge Michael Feetterer and requested that his bond be modified so he could "shop, bank and work side jobs" in Wisconsin. Feetterer granted his request.
He is expected to reappear in court April 26 for a preliminary hearing.
Jacobson was arrested March 22 and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony; unlawful possession of a firearm without a requisite firearms owner identification card, a Class 3 felony; two counts of unlawful possession of firearm ammunition and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police said they found cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a shotgun and ammunition at his home after a March 17 incident when Jacobson was reportedly found unconscious in his home.
Jacobson previously faced drug charges during his 2013 campaign after police said they found crack cocaine in his vehicle during a traffic stop.
He pleaded guilty to amended misdemeanor charges after the election and remained in office. In October 2013, he faced driving under the influence charges in Wisconsin and his drug-related probation ended in July 2014 without any further action from McHenry County prosecutors.
Hebron Village Board trustee Drew Georgi previously told the Northwest Herald that he plans to try and get other board members to restrict Jacobson's powers as village president if Jacobson does not resign voluntarily.