Jake Griffin, Shaw Local

Jake Griffin

Shaw Local

Chicago, IL, United States

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Recent:
  • Shaw Local
  • Daily Herald
Past:
  • Chicago Sun-Times
  • The Pantagraph
  • Northwest Herald
  • Sauk Valley Media
  • The Herald-News
  • KaneCounty Chronicle
  • Southern Illinoisan

Recent articles by Jake:

Carpentersville woman dead after early morning house fire

A 65-year-old Carpentersville woman is dead after an early morning fire today that destroyed her home. → Read More

'We got shellacked': Election results put spotlight on Illinois GOP's future

Party leaders and political pundits ponder the future of the Illinois GOP after Tuesday's drubbing at the polls. → Read More

Illinois records 235 COVID-19 deaths in October, fewest since July

Illinois recorded fewer than 300 COVID-19 deaths in October, only the sixth month that's happened during the pandemic, but the fifth time this year. → Read More

Libertyville authorities investigate explosion, fire that damaged house

Libertyville fire and police officials are investigating an explosion and blaze at a home on Golf Road Monday evening. → Read More

1 dead after crash near Gurnee that ejected 5 people, including 2 kids

One person is dead after five people, including two children, were ejected from a vehicle after a crash in an intersection Sunday evening near Gurnee. → Read More

Is having the highest unemployment rate in the country a big deal?

Illinois has the highest unemployment rate among the 50 states. Is that so bad? There are some other numbers to consider. → Read More

Worker injured after falling 20 feet through Antioch building skylight

A worker fell 20 feet through a skylight at a commercial building in Antioch Saturday morning, suffering serious injuries, but is expected to recover. → Read More

Bicyclist suffers 'life-threatening' injuries after Arlington Heights crash

A bicyclist sustained life-threatening injuries when she was struck by a careening landscaping truck after it collided with another vehicle earlier today in the intersection at Lake-Cook and Wilke roads in Arlington Heights → Read More

How legal fight over public safety pension consolidation is costing taxpayers

Taxpayers are covering the cost of a lengthy legal battle over the consolidation of nearly 650 public safety pensions that experts say could reduce pension debt and save tax dollars. → Read More

Pedestrian killed in early morning Lisle hit-and-run crash

Lisle police are investigating an early morning fatal hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian. → Read More

Early morning fire at Aurora restaurant leaves eatery uninhabitable

Aurora firefighters extinguished an early morning blaze at a restaurant that was rendered uninhabitable after the fire. → Read More

Severe thunderstorms threaten suburbs throughout afternoon

Severe thunderstorms are expected to roll through the suburbs this afternoon and into the evening that could bring winds strong enough to uproot trees, damaging hail, frequent lightning and the potential for flash floods. → Read More

The fall COVID-19 surge 'has begun,' state health officials say, as hospitalizations rise

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Illinois are at their highest levels in more than a month, which Illinois Department of Public Health officials say indicates the start of an expected "fall surge" of infections. "It has begun," said Dr. Arti Barnes, the state public health agency's chief medical officer. → Read More

Illinois has spent nearly $5 billion in pandemic funds. Here's how some suburbs used it.

Local business grants, public safety compensation, water system upgrades, vaccine incentives and retention bonuses are among the programs and projects that state and local governments have funded with some of the $14 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funds allocated to Illinois so far. → Read More

Beach Park man facing weapons, DUI charges after road rage crash

A 28-year-old Beach Park man is facing weapons and drunken driving charges after authorities said he threatened another motorist with a gun and then crashed his car late Friday near Waukegan. → Read More

COVID-19 hospitalizations decline, risk levels drop in some counties

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Illinois dipped slightly over the past week while risk levels in some suburban counties also declined, according to state and federal public health officials. → Read More

Passing fire inspector saves Des Plaines residents from burning home

Fire inspector driving past a Des Plaines home spots smoke coming from roof and saves residents from house fire. → Read More

Edward-Elmhurst awards nearly $4 million in health equity grants

Edward-Elmhurst Health has awarded roughly $4 million in grants to 14 suburban organizations to help fund health care equity and access as well as spur economic growth. → Read More

Pritzker contracts COVID-19, experiencing mild symptoms

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has contracted COVID-19 and has begun a regimen of the anti-viral drug Paxlovid, which is intended to combat the symptoms of the respiratory disease. → Read More

Early morning shooting in Huntley injures two men

Police in Huntley are investigating a shooting early today at a residence that injured two men → Read More