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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Des Plaines man who won millions in wrongful conviction settlement faces new charges

Aug 27 2015 | 12:30 pm - A Des Plaines man who once won a $25 million jury award for his wrongful murder conviction from Chicago is facing federal gun charges following a shooting last week.

COD's Waterleaf staff averages $2,600 severance

Aug 15 2015 | 8:02 am - The 19 workers at the soon-to-be-closed Waterleaf Restaurant at the College of DuPage will receive one week's pay for every year they've worked at the college. Severance will average $2,600 per worker.

Motorola Mobility cutting 500 jobs from Chicago workforce

Aug 13 2015 | 5:06 pm - Motorola Mobility, a subsidiary of China-based Lenovo, is cutting a quarter of its staff, a spokesman announced Thursday.

Suburban red-light cameras still generating millions in revenue

Aug 12 2015 | 5:28 am - Suburban red-light cameras generated $12 million for their towns last year, up 30 percent from 2012. The cameras are so lucrative, the towns made a total of $1.2 million more than they anticipated.

Tiny Lakemoor gets big bucks from red-light cameras

Aug 05 2015 | 6:25 pm - Lakemoor's red-light cameras at the intersections of Route 12 and Route 120 generate $1.8 million a year for the village, making up more than a third of its income. It's easily the most lucrative of red-light cameras in 32 suburbs.

Bartlett man receives 6-year prison sentence

Jul 30 2015 | 4:53 pm - A Bartlett man was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to felony drug possession following a March raid on his home by authorities that netted nearly a kilogram of cocaine.

Bill would ban lobbying groups from public pensions

Jul 30 2015 | 9:49 am - Legislation spawned by a Daily Herald investigation was introduced today that would eliminate access to public pensions for a bevy of state lobbying groups.

What damage did Cook's sales tax hike do last time?

Jul 22 2015 | 10:58 am - The last time Cook County raised its sales tax rate, sales were actually higher than in surrounding counties. But will those fortunes hold this time?

How 71% of Elgin tourism bureau's costs went to salaries, travel

Jul 15 2015 | 8:36 am - While some of the taxes generated by Elgin hotels are intended to fund tourism initiatives, much of that revenue was spent on Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau salaries and travel last year. Some want evidence of how that paid off.

Winfield Criterium brings out competitor in all ages

Jul 11 2015 | 7:32 pm - The 16th annual Winfield Criterium, held Saturday in the streets of the western suburb, brings out the competitor in all age groups.

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