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Jake Griffin is a senior staff writer at the Daily Herald covering 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.

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Ex-child porn investigator gets 50 years for child sex abuse

Sep 17 2014 | 6:44 pm - A former McHenry County sheriff's deputy and child pornography investigator was sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty earlier this year to sexually abusing a pre-teen boy. Gregory M. Pyle, 39, formerly of Crystal Lake, was...

Griffin: College of DuPage spent $26 million without board scrutiny

Sep 17 2014 | 9:17 am - Over the past 16 months, more than $26 million has been spent by the College of DuPage. But all the seven-member board ever saw of those expenditures were monthly totals. Now, at least one board member with the help of a government transparency...

Study: Suburban police ranks don’t match racial makeup of communities

Sep 08 2014 | 11:05 am - The racial makeup of suburban police departments does not reflect the diversity of the communities those agencies serve. That’s according to figures from a 2007 study of American police forces by the U.S. Department of Justice. Sixteen of the...

Algonquin Bypass slated to open Thursday

Aug 30 2014 | 11:25 am - The long-awaited Algonquin Bypass project that has been in the works for three years now will open Thursday. The $88.5 million project created a new, four-lane, 2.2-mile segment of Route 31 that allows motorists to bypass downtown. “We do have...

Cardboard boat races wet fun in Wauconda

Aug 30 2014 | 6:00 pm - The 13th Annual Labor Day Cardboard Boat Races at Wauconda's Bangs Lake wasn't all about winning. Even those who lost, or even sunk, were eligible for prizes. As long as they looked good doing it.

Griffin: Taxes grow even as property values drop

Aug 27 2014 | 4:59 am - Over five years, the assessed value of property in 44 suburban townships dropped 26.8 percent. At the same time, property tax levies in those areas averaged an 8.3 percent increase. The comparison is one way of showing how tax bills can climb even...

Schakowsky: House GOP to blame for gridlock

Aug 27 2014 | 9:19 pm - Incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky said she is pushing for an increase of the federal minimum wage and believes the nation's intelligence community was caught offguard by the rise of new terror groups in Iraq recently. She made these...

Carpentersville man dead after traffic stop by police

Aug 26 2014 | 2:15 pm - A 31-year-old Carpentersville man is dead following a traffic stop by police there last Sunday. An investigation has been launched by state police at the behest of local authorities who remain tight-lipped regarding the circumstances surrounding...

Little bit of everything at Rosemont Comic Con

Aug 23 2014 | 6:22 pm - The Wizard World Chicago Comic Con in Rosemont will continue through Sunday offering a little bit of anything for every kind of comic and science fiction fan. And people come from across the country to be part of the scene. “This is what I...

Rajskub returns to comedy roots for Zanies shows in Rosemont

Aug 18 2014 | 6:18 am - While taking her dog's for a walk, "24" star Mary Lynn Rajskub ruminates on parenthood, creating an iconic television character and gets a little grossed out by the results of a Google search. Rajskub takes the stage at Zanies in Rosemont for three...

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