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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Road chief accused of taking payments, not passing them on to Dundee Township

Feb 15 2017 | 11:45 am - The Dundee Township Highway Department is under investigation by the Kane County sheriff’s office after residents said they paid Highway Commissioner Larry Braasch for new driveway culverts but there’s no record of the township getting...

Bill would lower sales tax rate but tax more things

Feb 07 2017 | 10:08 pm - The state’s sales tax rate could drop by half of a percentage point under legislation expected to be introduced Wednesday, but to make up for the lost revenue groceries, medicine and a bevy of commercial services would be subject to the sales...

Police respond to report of shots fired at Palatine shopping center

Feb 08 2017 | 1:17 pm - Police responding to reports of shots fired at a Palatine Walmart found one person bleeding outside the store and arrested several others inside near the jewelry counter, witnesses said.

McSweeney reintroduces bill to abolish lieutenant governor

Feb 06 2017 | 4:41 pm - Barrington Hills Republican state Rep. David McSweeney has refiled legislation that would abolish the lieutenant governor’s office as well as companion legislation that he believes will make it more palatable for other legislators to approve.

Ex-DuPage County board members profit from pension loophole

Feb 01 2017 | 5:58 am - How five former DuPage County Board members were able to take advantage of a quirk in pension rules to use tenure and salaries from other jobs to boost their county board benefits.

Aurora native shot outside Naperville school while waiting for son, age 4

Jan 28 2017 | 6:13 pm - Naperville police are investigating the Friday night shooting death of a 37-year-old Oswego man as a homicide.

Rauner signs bill requiring school lead tests

Jan 16 2017 | 2:33 pm - All Illinois schools and child-care centers will have to test drinking water for lead by 2018 under a new law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Schools that have already performed comprehensive testing are exempt from the new law.

Police reports document Facebook torture suspect's escapades in hours before video

Jan 16 2017 | 9:44 am - One of the men accused in the torture on Facebook of an 18-year-old with mental illness spent the days leading up to the attack involved in a strange road trip during which he was stopped by police but not arrested. Police reports from four suburbs...

Bill to test school water for lead goes to Rauner

Jan 10 2017 | 1:01 pm - A bill that requires testing of drinking water in all Illinois schools for lead contamination was approved unanimously by the Illinois Senate Tuesday and goes to Gov. Bruce Rauner, who is expected to sign it.

Illinois bill would require testing school water for lead

Jan 09 2017 | 5:55 pm - Every school in Illinois would have to test drinking water for lead contamination by the end of 2018 under a bill that passed the Illinois House on Monday.

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