Rep. Jakobsson's son passes away on day of same-sex marriage vote

Rep. Jakobsson's son passes away on day of same-sex marriage vote

It's a sad time for the family of State Representative Naomi Jakobsson and her husband Eric, who is an Urbana alderman.

Their son, 46 year-old Garret Jakobsson, has passed away.  He died Tuesday night in Mattoon in hospice care.  Funeral services for Garret, who is one of the couple's eight children, are pending.

Representative Jakobsson left her son's side Tuesday to drive to Springfield to vote on gay marriage legislation.  After the vote, she told the WDWS news department that the House was trying to wait for her to arrive before voting on the measure.  But Jakobsson said she felt that there was enough support for the bill even if she was unable to make it to Springfield on time.

Jakobsson was the only local lawmaker from the House to vote yes on the gay marriage bill.

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cgirl wrote on November 06, 2013 at 8:11 pm

That makes her vote that much more meaningful.  Thank you Rep. Jakobsson.

jawstaysun wrote on November 08, 2013 at 12:11 am
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Thank you, Representative Jakobsson.  My condolences to your family.