Jake Griffin

Assistant Managing Editor/Projects
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Jake Griffin is the assistant managing editor for watchdog reporting at the Daily Herald. He writes a weekly column appearing Wednesdays on tax spending and government accountability. From 2007 to 2010 he was responsible for coverage of DuPage County government. Before that, he covered Naperville from 2004 to 2007. He came to the Daily Herald in 2000, serving as the West Chicago and Warrenville beat reporter until 2004.

Currently, he is responsible for producing in-depth projects and analysis of government spending and tax-dollar waste. He has worked on a number of projects, including the Daily Herald's award-winning coverage of the Northern Illinois University campus shootings and subsequent recovery efforts.

He chronicled the DuPage Water Commission's misspending of its $69 million reserve fund. Most recently, he completed a series detailing how hundreds of public pools in the state don't comply with federal safety regulations.

Griffin has appeared on ABC 7 Sunday morning broadcasts and WBBM NewsRadio 780, where he discusses stories he has written for the Daily Herald.

Growing up in northeastern Oregon, Griffin's first job as a child was delivering a regional newspaper every afternoon and a local newspaper every Tuesday morning. His family moved to St. Louis, Mo., when he was 14 and he enrolled in a high school magnet program for journalism before beginning a series of newsroom internships throughout suburban St. Louis. He attended college at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo., where he received a journalism scholarship.

He worked at the Joplin Globe throughout college, starting as a part-time sports writer, then as a part-time feature writer and finally covering "cops and courts" full time before moving to Chicago in 1999.

Throughout his career, he has covered presidential debates, national political conventions, the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China and statehouse government. Griffin lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

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Taxpayers, students bridge funding gap for suburban community colleges

Sep 21 2016 | 5:50 am - State funding for suburban community colleges has increased only slightly over the past decade, leaving tuition-paying students and especially local property taxpayers to pick up the slack.

Forget the playoffs. Cubs fans, which World Series game do you want to see?

Sep 16 2016 | 3:48 pm - Cubs fans are looking to the future. Like, 39 days into the future — the start of the World Series. But which game to choose?

Suburban schools’ legal bills cost taxpayers $11.5 million last year

Sep 14 2016 | 8:48 am - Lawyers cost taxpayers nearly $11.5 million last year in 92 suburban school districts, a Daily Herald analysis shows. Two-thirds of it went to four law firms.

Degorski seeks new hearing in Brown’s Chicken mass murder

Sep 08 2016 | 4:58 pm - One of the two men found guilty in the 1993 Brown’s Chicken mass murder is asking a court to overturn his conviction and life sentence, claiming a key prosecution witness lied to jurors for reward money and new evidence exonerates him.

Cook County Board spending way more on staffs than collar county boards

Aug 31 2016 | 8:01 am - Taxpayers in Cook County spent $7.6 million last year to cover the costs of separate office staffs for each of the 17 county commissioners and President Toni Preckwinkle. That's close to what all five collar counties combined spent to operate their...

Wide range of rules on what teacher classes taxpayers cover

Aug 10 2016 | 9:10 am - There are many ways suburban school administrators say they control the costs for teachers’ tuition reimbursement, but how effective are they?

Suit claims negligence in crash that killed couple, injured daughter

Aug 04 2016 | 7:59 pm - An Elk Grove Village woman injured last month in a crash on Interstate 290 near Elmhurst that also killed her parents is suing the driver and the company that owned the car that struck hers.

Taxpayers cover $4 million in teachers' college costs

Aug 03 2016 | 9:24 am - Taxpayers in 70 suburban school districts spent a combined $4 million last year to send teachers back to college. The 3,085 teachers received an average of $1,313 in tuition reimbursement.

Each Illinois legislator costs us an average of $100,000 a year

Jul 27 2016 | 7:04 am - Taxpayers spent more than $18 million last year to cover salaries, stipends, benefits and reimbursements for the General Assembly, according to a new report from the Illinois Policy Institute. On average, lawmakers received $99,968 during the course...

Are you being double-taxed for mosquito control?

Jul 13 2016 | 2:16 pm - A costly war is being waged in the suburbs against mosquitoes each year. Villages, townships and abatement districts combine to spend millions each year and some taxpayers are being hit two or three times for pest control costs.

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