Editorial

Jim Baumann

Vice President/Managing Editor
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Jim Baumann began his career at the Daily Herald in 1985 as a police reporter after having done summer internships at the then-weekly Lake County Herald papers in 1983 and the Rockford Register Star in 1984.

Jim, who grew up in Arlington Heights and attended Prospect High School, was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Prospect during the 2007-08 school year. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated with a degree in journalism. Jim covered the police beat and several towns in Cook and DuPage counties as a reporter for the Daily Herald and was named editor of its Neighbor section in DuPage in 1990. He became an assistant city editor soon after and left the DuPage bureau in 1995 to open an office in Elgin. He ran that bureau for two years before opening another bureau in St. Charles. He returned to Elgin in 2003 as manager and editor of the bureau.

In November 2012 he was named Managing Editor; in April 2013 he was named Assistant Vice President and in April 2016 he was named Vice President. He provides daily direction of the editorial department and develops the front page each day. He also serves on the editorial board and is a regular contributor to the editorial page.

Jim has won Peter Lisagor awards for editorial writing and - along with many other editors and reporters - for coverage of the school bus/train disaster in Fox River Grove that claimed the lives of seven students. One of the projects he is most proud of was an exploration of the growing influence of heroin in the suburbs, which culminated in a town hall session that drew about 900 people. Jim won an Elgin Image Award in 1996 and again in 2004.

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Grammar Moses: If you annoy me, you will be trespassed

Feb 17 2018 | 4:15 pm - Grammar Moses: If you annoy me, you will be trespassed

Grammar Moses: If I were to intentionally split an infinitive, would you hold it against me?

Feb 03 2018 | 5:01 pm - I didn’t know what a split infinitive was until my editor pointed it out to me deep into the last century when I was still wearing skinny ties and covering the Streamwood village board.

Grammar Moses: Is the president having contractions?

Jan 27 2018 | 4:23 pm - Grammar Moses: Is the president having contractions?

Grammar Moses: The workaday world of words

Jan 13 2018 | 4:18 pm - Grammar Moses: The workaday world of words

Grammar Moses: When does a word become a word?

Jan 06 2018 | 5:14 pm - Grammar Moses: When does a word become a word?

Grammar Moses: Yule make Santa happy if you don’t spell his name ‘Clause’

Dec 23 2017 | 4:13 pm - Santa’s naughty and nice lists have a firm line of demarcation: those who can spell and those who can’t.

Grammar Moses: My opposition to verse versus versus

Dec 17 2017 | 7:48 am - It’s not every day that I get a grammar complaint from a sports writer.

Palatine bartender wins Daily Herald's Best Martini in the ’Burbs contest

Dec 11 2017 | 9:14 pm - The third time was a charm Monday night for Joshua Olson, whose jalapeņo lemon drop won the Daily Herald’s annual Best Martini in the ’Burbs contest at Drink Nightclub in Schaumburg.

Grammar Moses: Home on the range, where deer and antelope, but not fish, play

Dec 09 2017 | 3:38 pm - Even a cardinal occasionally commits the sin of the dreaded false range, Grammar Moses sermonizes.

Grammar Moses: Dot your i’s, cross your t’s and mind your p’s and q’s

Dec 02 2017 | 4:30 pm - Kate Gingold wrote to tell me a recent column on how to employ commas when addressing holiday cards reminded her of something that’s always confused her.

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