Jim Baumann

Assistant 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 and in April 2013 named Assistant 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 won a Peter Lisagor award, along with many other editors and reporters, for his 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: Why is an H a hard letter to handle?

Nov 28 2015 | 7:36 am - Grammar Moses gives the rundown on definite and indefinite articles @JimWBaumann

Grammar Moses: Don’t get possessive about those holiday cards

Nov 21 2015 | 9:50 am - Grammar Moses offers some tips on how to address your holiday cards, which starts with avoiding the apostrophe. @JimWBaumann

Grammar Moses: Why you can’t swap ‘until’ for unless

Nov 14 2015 | 9:15 am - Grammar Moses talks about why it's fine to use the conjunctions 'though' and 'although' interchangeably but not OK to swap 'until' for 'unless.'

Grammar Moses: If you’re inflammable, should you be afraid of that match?

Nov 08 2015 | 8:56 am - Grammar Moses asks whether, if you're inflammable, you should be afraid of that match.

How can you use $100 to make someone else's life better? Tell us.

Nov 01 2015 | 7:58 am - Last year's Believe Project handed out cash to 136 people in 60 suburbs. Who needs it this year?

Grammar Moses: If past history is any indication, I’m being redundant

Oct 31 2015 | 10:01 am - Grammar Moses explores the differences between redundancy and repetition and why repetition can be your friend.

Grammar Moses: What’s more important — where you came from or where you’re going?

Oct 25 2015 | 3:44 pm - Grammar Moses dissects portmanteaus and talks about being unfazed by criticism.

Grammar Moses: Yes, kids care about grammar and punctuation

Oct 19 2015 | 1:37 pm - Grammar Moses chats with students in Mr. Blomquist's class at Dundee Middle School about words and punctuation and why it's important to be skeptical about "news" in the Internet age.

Grammar Moses: Can you have a handful of elephants?

Oct 10 2015 | 11:15 pm - Grammar Moses explores apostrophe problems and asks whether you can really have a handful of elephants.

Readers help Daily Herald when staff needs support

Oct 08 2015 | 11:13 am - In January, longtime sports writer and friend to everyone Mike Spellman passed away after suffering a heart attack. We did what we do, especially with high-profile people, such as Mike. We reported the news.

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