To the Editor:
As a 25-year veteran of the chemical dependency treatment field, I found it ironic that the Northwest Herald’s front-page article on Independence Day was about Hebron Village President John G. Jacobson getting his independence to continue in office.
If a younger person was arrested with 3 grams of crack cocaine in his or her car, they likely would not have been able to plead out of a felony charge because the law would be teaching them a lesson. Judge Gordon Graham essentially let Jacobson off with a slap on the wrist by accepting a plea down to a misdemeanor.
A convicted younger person would have had to report for probation and probably be referred to drug treatment.
Interestingly, neither Jacobson nor his attorney would comment. They were probably ashamed.
Another example of Illinois justice.
Lake in the Hills