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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Koschman family attorneys critical of only cops being punished

Feb 12 2016 | 9:59 am - Attorneys for the family of the Mount Prospect man killed by former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s nephew say punishment for mishandling the police investigation shouldn’t stop just with the cops.

Which suburbs are borrowing the most?

Feb 03 2016 | 12:23 pm - Municipal debt varies widely throughout the suburbs, but some towns are limited in how much they can borrow. Is yours?

Suburban substitute teacher charged with sexually assaulting student

Jan 28 2016 | 3:53 pm - A substitute teacher with a work history at various suburban school districts in Cook and DuPage counties is charged with criminal sexual assault of a child after he was accused of inappropriately touching a female elementary school student in La...

Lutheran Social Services cuts 30 programs due to state budget

Jan 22 2016 | 6:46 pm - Des Plaines-based Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, the largest provider of social services in the state, closed more than 30 programs and cut 43 percent of its work force Friday because the state owes it more than $6.5 million.

How St. Charles library had funds to grow despite voters’ rejection

Jan 19 2016 | 5:32 pm - Why are St. Charles library officials looking to expand after voters rejected the plan five years ago?

Is your town hiring? Suburbs add jobs after long decline

Jan 13 2016 | 4:56 am - After bottoming out two years ago, staffing is on the rise for many suburban governments.

Bill would limit government travel expenses

Jan 08 2016 | 2:47 pm - Barrington Hills Republican state Rep. David McSweeney introduces a bill to limit local government travel expenses.

Are you playing? These are the most common Powerball numbers

Jan 11 2016 | 9:18 am - What are the most commonly drawn numbers in the 24-year history of the Powerball lottery? We analyze the most frequent winners among the 2,475 drawings.

Why some retired teachers get two pensions

Dec 30 2015 | 5:02 am - More than 700 retired suburban educators are receiving two pensions for working at the same school district. Because of a quirk in the state's pension law, these retirees get one pension check from the Illinois Teachers' Retirement System and...

Owners plan to reopen collapsed Aurora-area sports dome

Dec 30 2015 | 7:57 pm - Owners of an Aurora-area sports dome that collapsed during Monday’s sleet storm plan to rebuild and reopen.

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