Jim Baumann

Vice President/Managing Editor
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Jim Baumann began his career at the Daily Herald in 1985 as a police reporter after having done summer internships at the then-weekly Lake County Herald papers in 1983 and the Rockford Register Star in 1984.

Jim, who grew up in Arlington Heights and attended Prospect High School, was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Prospect during the 2007-08 school year. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated with a degree in journalism. Jim covered the police beat and several towns in Cook and DuPage counties as a reporter for the Daily Herald and was named editor of its Neighbor section in DuPage in 1990. He became an assistant city editor soon after and left the DuPage bureau in 1995 to open an office in Elgin. He ran that bureau for two years before opening another bureau in St. Charles. He returned to Elgin in 2003 as manager and editor of the bureau.

In November 2012 he was named Managing Editor; in April 2013 he was named Assistant Vice President and in April 2016 he was named Vice President. He provides daily direction of the editorial department and develops the front page each day. He also serves on the editorial board and is a regular contributor to the editorial page.

Jim has won Peter Lisagor awards for editorial writing and - along with many other editors and reporters - for coverage of the school bus/train disaster in Fox River Grove that claimed the lives of seven students. One of the projects he is most proud of was an exploration of the growing influence of heroin in the suburbs, which culminated in a town hall session that drew about 900 people. Jim won an Elgin Image Award in 1996 and again in 2004.

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Grammar Moses: Be precise, but never stoop to unanimousness

Apr 30 2016 | 4:51 am - Precision, if I haven’t mentioned before, is your friend. There are few greater turnoffs for readers than vague, wishy-washy writing.

Grammar Moses: We’re here to slay the jargon

Apr 24 2016 | 6:50 am - An overarching responsibility for us as writers and editors of a general interest newspaper is to translate the idiosyncratic languages that politicians, educators, civil engineers, financial experts and bicycle repairmen speak into words that just...

Grammar Moses: Legislating good grammar? It may come to that

Apr 10 2016 | 7:11 am - Grammar Moses explores the notion of legislating good grammar and also falls on his sword.

Grammar Moses: This column has everything from soup to nuts

Apr 02 2016 | 11:40 pm - Breaking down the differnce between comparatives, superlatives and false ranges

Grammar Moses: Words that begin with the letter C

Mar 27 2016 | 7:26 am - I could probably write a column each week devoted to problems with words that start with one letter of the alphabet.
Well, maybe not Z.
Come to think of it, I might just try that.

Grammar Moses: Speed round with Barrington Writers Workshop

Mar 19 2016 | 11:33 pm - Bev Ottaviano, who leads the Barrington Writers Workshop, asked me to talk to her group about good grammar. Knowing a Q&A would be part of the deal, I demurred.

Grammar Moses: I’ve got a lot to talk about

Mar 12 2016 | 11:18 pm - Does “got” get your goat?
It sure rankles Bob Hoffman of St. Charles.

Grammar Moses: Scalia was passionate, outspoken, resolute, but ... “strident”?

Feb 28 2016 | 12:58 am - Antonin Scalia was a staunch keeper of the faith or a rigid, cantankerous obstructionist, depending on which side of the political scale you fall. Our Page 1 headline the day after the longtime Supreme Court justice died was “Court’s...

Grammar Moses: Happy Valentine’s Day, dear valentines

Feb 13 2016 | 7:00 am - Happy Valentine’s Day. If you’re reading this before running off to Walgreens to take your chances on what’s left of the picked-over cards and Whitman’s samplers, make sure there is an apostrophe on the cover. If there...

Grammar Moses: Why discriminate against the simplicity of ‘L’?

Feb 06 2016 | 4:57 pm - What’s bothering Grammar Moses about the Super Bowl? Not the X’s and O’s of football, but the X’s and L’s and V’s and I’s that are taking a break from this year’s game.

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