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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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Pence in Rosemont fires up voters, praises Rauner ahead of fall elections

Jul 13 2018 | 9:23 pm - Vice President Mike Pence came to Rosemont Friday to fire up conservative voters ahead of the midterm elections and rally support for Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and GOP members of the Illinois congressional delegation. Trump opponents showed up to...

Your suburb’s take from new online sales tax? $1.76 a person

Jul 11 2018 | 9:46 am - A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on internet retail sales is expected to add $140 million in new tax revenue during the current fiscal year. But how much of that will make it back to your town?

Fireball lights up evening sky in suburbs

Jul 09 2018 | 4:57 pm - A green-tinted meteor blazed a long trail across the sky that was visible at dusk Sunday throughout suburban Chicago and much of the Midwest.

Lobster, mac & cheese, soul food: The food truck choices at Arlington Park fest

Jul 09 2018 | 7:43 am - More than a dozen food truck vendors drew hundreds of hungry and curious eaters Saturday at Arlington Park, where they could get anything from lobster and soul food to grilled cheese and artisan tacos.

Rudd’s medical expert says wife died from ‘internal decapitation’

Jun 28 2018 | 8:59 pm - At Donnie Rudd’s murder trial Thursday, medical experts offer differing causes for what killed Noreen Kumeta 44 years ago.

Seniors, did you forget to renew your property tax exemption?

Jun 26 2018 | 10:54 pm - More than 50,000 senior citizen property tax exemptions weren’t renewed in Cook County this year, which officials said results in the average senior paying about $600 more than they should on their property tax bills.

About 70 separated immigrant children sheltered in Chicago area

Jun 22 2018 | 4:39 pm - Close to 70 immigrant children separated from their parents are being housed at Chicago area shelters while social workers attempt to find them temporary homes while they wait asylum hearings or to be reunited with their families.

Average property tax bills jump 3% in northwest Cook County

Jun 21 2018 | 8:52 am - Cook County Clerk David Orr is reporting the average Northwest suburban homeowner will see a 3 percent hike in their property taxes when bills start arriving in the mail next month.

No increase to taxes or fees to close Cook County budget gap

Jun 18 2018 | 5:44 pm - Despite forecasting a $82 million deficit in the upcoming Cook County budget, officials said Board President Toni Preckwinkle has no plans to add or increase taxes and fees to close that gap.

Suburban school districts pay penalties for giving raises over 6 percent

Jun 13 2018 | 10:31 am - Taxpayers in 58 suburban school districts spent a combined $820,980 last year to cover state penalties for dozens of teachers and administrators whose annual pay raises exceeded 6 percent. A new state law says penalties must be paid when raises top...

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