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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Collar counties a bright spot as region’s population dips

May 20 2016 | 12:51 pm - Many Cook County suburbs followed Chicago‘s lead in losing population last year. The collar counties fared better, driven by growth in Kane, Kendall, McHenry and Will counties.

$30 ticket if you back into Palatine garage parking space

May 17 2016 | 11:17 pm - Why are more than 200 motorists each year getting ticketed by Palatine police for backing into spots at the downtown Metra parking garage?

Lawmaker seeks state report on lead in water

May 17 2016 | 7:25 pm - On the heels of findings that 70 percent of suburban drinking water systems recorded some levels of lead during testing over the past three years, state Rep. David McSweeney is calling for a full report on the safety of the state’s water...

Who wins with District 15’s 10-year contract?

May 04 2016 | 6:41 am - Palatine Elementary District 15 officials and union leaders claim everyone wins with the new 10-year teachers contract. Do they?

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.

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