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Hebron to hold first board meeting since president's cocaine arrest

Trustee plans to present petitions calling for John Jacobson's resignation, audit

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Hebron's Village President John Jacobson leads discussion during the village board meeting on February 17, 2014.  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.
Shaw Media file photo Hebron's Village President John Jacobson leads discussion during the village board meeting on February 17, 2014. 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.

HEBRON – Monday the Hebron Village Board will hold its first meeting since Village President John Jacobson’s arrest.

Jacobson was arrested at his home March 22 on drug and firearms charges after police found cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a shotgun and ammunition at his home after a March 17 incident. After the arrest, community members and trustees have called for Jacobson’s resignation.

Friday afternoon, Jacobson said he had no comment on whether he would be leading the meeting Monday. The meeting agenda posted on the village’s website includes a typical list of items to be considered.

An item not listed on the agenda, however, is Trustee Drew Georgi’s plans to present two petitions he’s been collecting signatures for – one calling for Jacobson’s resignation, the other calling for a village audit.

John Jacobson and Hebron history

Georgi and several other residents have been canvassing the village to get signatures for the past few weeks. They have at least 150 on each petition so far, Georgi said Thursday, and he hopes to double that number by the meeting.

Even if the petition calling for Jacobson’s resignation does gain more signatures, Ken Menzel, general counsel with the Illinois State Board of Elections, said it’s not legally binding.

“If pressure continues, it’s possible that the officer ... will go ahead and resign,” Menzel said. “But there isn’t a way to force someone out of office who doesn’t want to leave.”

If Jacobson is convicted of a felony or moves out of Hebron, however, he would no longer be qualified to hold office, Menzel said.

The petition for the audit would be the same case, Menzel said. It wouldn’t have to be done just because a certain number of people asked for it, he said.

If you go

WHAT: Hebron Village Board meeting

WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday

WHERE: Hebron Village Hall, 12007 Prairie Ave., Hebron

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