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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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Did your library increase spending on books or staff?

Apr 27 2016 | 5:40 pm - Suburban libraries were far more likely to increase spending on personnel over the last year than on new books, videos or other materials available to patrons, according to a Daily Herald analysis of 54 libraries.

How much is your township road district holding in reserve?

Apr 13 2016 | 10:59 am - State guidelines suggests township road districts keep a minimum of six months of operating expenses in reserves, so why do several suburban townships have much more than that?

Fairdale a year after tornado’s wrath: ‘This is always home’

Apr 09 2016 | 8:28 pm - Fairdale residents and volunteers rally to remember the catastrophe last year’s tornado caused and celebrate the rebirth of the town since the disaster.

Traffic snarled all day around fatal I-90 construction accident

Apr 05 2016 | 11:15 pm - Tuesday’s traffic backups in the wake of the construction accident that closed parts of I-90 and Touhy Avenue were unprecedented in this age of smartphone alerts and constant radio station updates.

How to test your water to make sure it's safe

Apr 04 2016 | 1:18 pm - Sixty percent of suburban water system operators have had violation notices for water quality issues from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency within the past decade. Experts say the best way to find out what's in your water is to have it...

Two charged in rash of suburban ATM holdups

Apr 01 2016 | 8:56 am - Two Fox Valley men are facing federal armed robbery charges after being indicted by a grand jury in connection with a rash of holdups at suburban ATMs.

Police: Former Christian Liberty Academy official stole $293,000 from school

Mar 31 2016 | 10:03 am - The former chief technology officer at Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights is facing felony theft charges after police said he stole nearly $300,000 from his ex-employer.

Recent water violations in 33% of analyzed suburbs

Mar 29 2016 | 9:58 am - Over the past five years, more than 33 percent of the 172 public water systems in 89 suburbs have received some type of violation notice from the state agency.

How Antioch solved the problem of lead in its water

Mar 29 2016 | 10:07 am - When Antioch's water supply turned up unusually high levels of lead in 2010, the village wasted little time working to mitigate the problem. However, some lead problems can go on for years.

In light of Flint water crisis, is there lead in our supply?

Mar 29 2016 | 10:10 am - Most suburban residents are underinformed about the potential dangers of lead in their drinking water. We looked at 172 water systems in 89 suburbs to see what the results really show.

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