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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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Former Buffalo Grove executive, escort indicted on wire fraud charges

Aug 17 2017 | 4:44 pm - A former executive at a Buffalo Grove company and an escort he allegedly hired have been indicted on charges of wire fraud for illegally spending about $5.8 million on the company credit card, according to a recently released federal indictment.

Why parks director with four jobs gets to keep his pensions

Aug 16 2017 | 6:02 am - The operations manager for the Bensenville Park District, who already has three other suburban park district jobs, gets to keep his three pensions and recently received a contract extension in Bensenville to keep him there through the end of the...

Life sentence for Streamwood man convicted in teenager’s sexual assault

Aug 11 2017 | 7:57 pm - A Streamwood man was sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting a teenage girl and impregnating her. The judge also tacked on three 30-year prison sentences to be served consecutively for the man’s lesser sex assualt convictions.

Comptroller Susana Mendoza continues borrowing push to pay bills

Aug 09 2017 | 10:32 pm - Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza, speaking Wednesday to federal employees and retirees in Arlington Heights, continued her call for the state to borrow in order to pay down more than $14 billion in bills accrued over the past two years.

Cook County soda tax: The amount you pay could vary

Aug 03 2017 | 5:39 am - On the first day of what is supposed to be a penny-per-ounce Cook County tax on sweetened beverages, the amount actually charged by restaurants and retailers for fountain drinks ran the gamut. New taxes charged on nine 22- to 32-ounce fountain sodas...

How retirement income became exempt from state tax

Aug 02 2017 | 9:03 am - Retirement income wasn’t always exempt from the state’s income tax, but after three years — and less than an hour of debate in both chambers — it was gone from the tax rolls and so was a revenue source the state has never...

2 DuPage carnival rides among those suspended after fatal Ohio accident

Jul 27 2017 | 5:28 pm - The state has suspended operations of all carnival rides similar to the one that killed an 18-year-old man at the Ohio State Fair Wednesday. That includes one each at the DuPage County Fair and Wood Dale’s Prairie Fest.

Grocery store's video gambling opens new wagering frontier in suburbs

Jul 19 2017 | 6:17 am - When Antioch officials granted a new liquor license allowing Piggly Wiggly's owner to serve alcoholic drinks, they thought they were just helping save the business. But their decision paved the way for the grocer to plant four video gambling...

Cook County sheriff: Mother suspected Gacy killed her son

Jul 19 2017 | 5:34 pm - A 16-year-old Minnesota runaway has been identified as one of the eight previously unknown victims of notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Cook County leaders pile on Assessor Joe Berrios

Jul 18 2017 | 5:21 pm - Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has commissioned an independent review of the county’s property tax assessment process after an investigation showed inequities that helped owners of more valuable properties and burdened poorer...

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