Jake Griffin

Assistant Managing Editor/Watchdog Reporting
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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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Yingling wants voters to elect Lake County assessment chief

May 20 2018 | 10:46 pm - A coalition of Lake County legislators are pursuing a bill that would make the county’s chief assessment officer an elected post to create a direct level of accountability to taxpayers.

Students are paying more to community colleges while enrollment drops

May 10 2018 | 10:39 am - While enrollment is dropping at suburban community colleges, the average amount spent by students on tuition and fees is on the rise.

Why children with chronic illnesses should still get a flu shot

Apr 27 2018 | 10:57 am - Health experts say that children with chronic illnesses are often the most at risk of suffering from the symptoms of the flu, but also oftentimes less likely to receive vaccinations because parents misunderstand the effects of the vaccination.

Weatherman Skilling draws crowd at Palatine Sustainable Energy Expo

Apr 22 2018 | 8:06 am - After outfitting their church with solar panels that will cut their reliance on standard energy means by 40 percent, parishioners of Palatine’s Countryside Church hosted a sustainable energy expo where WGN Meteorologist Tom Skilling was the...

How someone can pay your taxes, then take your property

Apr 24 2018 | 9:34 am - Nearly 39,000 property owners in Cook County are at risk of losing their deeds because they haven’t paid property taxes in over a year.

Bush’s former advance man recalls Barbara’s dedication to husband

Apr 18 2018 | 6:12 pm - Arlington Heights native Ed Murnane served as President George H.W. Bush’s director of the presidential advance office during his final year in office and recalls Barbara Bush as a dedicated wife and mother.

Why synthetic marijuana might not be illegal

Apr 06 2018 | 9:48 pm - Manufacturers of deadly synthetic cannabinoids are staying one step ahead of legislation prohibiting the sale and possession of such materials.

Join debate of bill banning preteens from tackle football

Mar 29 2018 | 12:58 pm - The Daily Herald is moderating a panel discussion about Vernon Hills Democrat state Rep. Carol Sente’s bill that would ban children under the age of 12 from participating in tackle football programs at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Vernon Hills...

State’s fee on local sales taxes generating more than expected

Mar 29 2018 | 2:15 pm - Nearly $50 million has already been siphoned from municipal, county and Regional Transportation Authority sales tax receipts due to a 2 percent administrative fee the state is charging to collect and process those funds.

It's official: If you prepaid your property taxes, you can deduct them from your taxes

Mar 28 2018 | 6:51 pm - Illinois homeowners who prepaid this year’s property taxes at the end of 2017 can deduct that payment from their itemized income tax returns.

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