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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What you could buy for the price of a Cubs Game 6 ticket

Oct 21 2016 | 5:02 pm - You could get one seat in the second row behind home plate at Saturday’s Game 6 of the NLCS, or you could buy a brand new Smart car with heated seats at a dealership in St. Charles. That’s how much some are hoping their Cubs playoff...

Money pouring into comptroller’s race

Oct 20 2016 | 9:14 pm - Incumbent Republican state Comptroller Leslie Munger’s campaign fundraising was lagging far behind Democratic challenger Susana Mendoza until a massive infusion of cash from two Chicago-area businessmen and Gov. Bruce Rauner came through in...

Why cost of soda could surge in Cook County

Oct 13 2016 | 9:40 pm - The centerpiece of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposed budget is a penny-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax that is expected to generate $74 million next year.

How Cook County Board members keep legal opinions secret

Oct 11 2016 | 10:25 pm - Is this legal? Sounds like a straightforward question, but that can sometimes be tough to find out for the Cook County Board. That’s because any commissioner can ask for a legal opinion from the state’s attorney’s office. But...

Suburbs call Cook County sick leave law ‘complete overreach,’ prepare to opt out

Oct 11 2016 | 12:36 pm - Leaders in several Cook County suburbs are working on resolutions to thwart Cook County’s paid sick leave ordinance, which was approved last week.

Sick leave requirement approved, but towns can opt out

Oct 05 2016 | 4:31 pm - The Cook County Board approved an ordinance that grants workers in the suburbs at least five sick days a year, but towns can choose to opt out.

How much municipal executives’ cars are costing suburban taxpayers

Oct 05 2016 | 5:51 am - Taxpayers will spend $261,974 this year for top municipal administrators in 49 suburbs to drive around in their own cars.

Elgin man accused of burglarizing neighbor’s car

Oct 01 2016 | 3:23 pm - A 22-year-old Elgin man is facing burglary charges after police say he stole items from a neighbor’s unlocked car.

Mount Prospect officials support chief’s report on fatal bike crash

Oct 01 2016 | 5:44 pm - Mount Prospect officials said they did not request prior approval of Police Chief Tim Janowick’s statement on his department’s report on a June crash that killed a bicyclist, which puts some of the blame of the victim’s death on...

Boyfriend charged with killing woman found at Bensenville golf course

Oct 01 2016 | 11:00 am - A 44-year-old Melrose Park man is facing murder charges in connection with the stabbing death of his girlfriend whose body was dumped near the entrance of a Bensenville golf course Thursday.

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