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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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.

Which suburbs tax you more to eat out?

Jun 29 2016 | 2:27 pm - Food and beverage taxes implemented by various suburbs can add up to anywhere from 1 percent to 3 percent more to your meals or bar tabs, sometimes on top of the already 10 percent sales tax you’re already paying.

Replica warplanes fill skies above St. Charles

Jun 25 2016 | 5:34 pm - Scores of model warplanes take to the skies above St. Charles for the Fox Valley Aero Club’s Third Annual Large Scale Warbird Airshow.

Are your town's liquor license fees costing you more at the tap?

Jun 22 2016 | 4:33 pm - Liquor license costs run the gamut throughout the suburbs, generating more than $7.8 million annually in revenue for 86 suburbs.

Property taxes going up in Cook County suburbs

Jun 14 2016 | 4:15 pm - The average homeowner in north and northwest suburban Cook County will see property taxes increase by $110 in the coming year.

10-year District 15 teachers contract negotiated without board members on team

Jun 08 2016 | 5:37 am - In a departure from past practices, none of the seven elected Palatine Township Elementary District 15 school board members served on the team that negotiated the unprecedented 10-year teachers’ contract they unanimously approved in April.

Is your school district keeping new teachers’ contract secret?

May 31 2016 | 10:58 pm - Palatine Township Elementary District 15 isn’t the only suburban school district with a new teachers’ contract this year, and it’s not the only one to keep the contract secret even after the board approved it.

Legislators approve statewide water quality study

Jun 01 2016 | 6:27 pm - Spurred by reports that more than two-thirds of suburban drinking water systems recorded some level of lead contamination over the past three years, state legislators approved a request to have the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency compile a...

Dist. 15 board: We didn’t see the full 10-year contract before approving it

May 27 2016 | 4:34 pm - Palatine Elemenary District 15 board members say they never saw the full 10-year contract before approving it nearly two months ago.

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