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Hebron president: Beatty

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Two candidates are running for village president in Hebron – an incumbent and the chairman of the Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Fire Protection District Board.

Frank Beatty, 62, a police officer in McCullom Lake and former Hebron police officer, has been the village president of the small town near the Wisconsin border for 16 years. He also has served on the Executive Board of the McHenry County Council of Government.

John Jacobson is chairman of the Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Fire Protection District Board of Trustees. He did not fill out a candidate questionnaire sent from the Northwest Herald.

Jacobson faces charges of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies stopped Jacobson on Jan. 15 and said they found less than 3 grams of crack cocaine in his vehicle.

Like many area towns, Hebron was poised for a growth spurt in the mid-1990s until the housing market crashed. Beatty said he hopes to encourage growth again and that Hebron should prepare for competition by eliminating impact fees and transition fees.

Because of the anticipated growth, Hebron built a new water plant, which has drastically affected Hebron’s residents’ water rates. Beatty hopes to attract new growth to even out the impact and lower rates across the village. He touts his ability to receive grant money for Hebron to help pay for many village projects.

We endorse Beatty.

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