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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Why only Cook County homeowners are getting a bigger tax exemption

Oct 11 2017 | 8:34 am - Cook County homeowners, particularly those over 65, are receiving bigger property tax exemptions while the rest of the state’s property owners won’t see that change. However, more low-income seniors across the state will be eligible for...

Mundelein native, Stevenson grad dies from rattlesnake bite in Colorado

Oct 09 2017 | 6:52 pm - A 2004 Stevenson High School graduate and Mundelein native died Saturday after being bitten by a rattlesnake while hiking near Denver, Colorado.

Firefighters battle Vernon Hills blaze

Oct 08 2017 | 8:06 pm - Countryside Fire Protection District firefighters are battling a house fire on the 200 block of Amber Lane in Vernon Hills.

Kitchen fire injures Naperville resident

Oct 08 2017 | 5:26 pm - A kitchen fire Sunday afternoon in a Naperville home injured a woman and rendered the house uninhabitable.

Drop in young football players could signal cloudy future for sport

Oct 08 2017 | 8:48 am - The number of football players at suburban schools dropped 18.7 percent over the past decade, but young teams, from junior varsity down to youth leagues, are feeling a much bigger pinch. For instance, the number of players on sophomore teams is down...

Votes to repeal Cook County soda tax said to be veto-proof

Oct 06 2017 | 4:49 pm - Opponents on the Cook County Board say they’ve got the votes to repeal the sweetened beverage tax on Tuesday. The tax could be gone by Nov. 30.

Why high school football programs are losing players

Oct 08 2017 | 8:49 am - Football is on the decline in the suburbs, where the number of players has dropped 18.7 percent since 2008, an analysis of 87 high schools shows. Some programs have plummeted 40 percent or more.

Brian Wilson talks about 'Pet Sounds' ... well, kind of

Oct 04 2017 | 12:50 pm - Ahead of Brian Wilson's performance of his musical masterpiece Pet Sounds at the Rosemont Theatre Friday, we talked to him about the iconic album ... or at least we tried to.

How you can stay safe in a crowd

Oct 02 2017 | 4:39 pm - If a mass shooting happens near you, what you do — and how quickly you do it — can affect your chances of survival.
Something as simple as how you handle your phone can help keep you from becoming a target, experts say.

Wheaton College players charged in hazing case begin turning selves in

Sep 20 2017 | 6:00 am - Two Wheaton College football players were subjected to hazing by teammates last spring, though only one cooperated with an investigation that led to charges being filed against five players, police said Tuesday. Two of the suspected players turned...

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