Welcome to the Auditor's Website!

Jacob M. "Jake" Lee, MBA

Kankakee County Auditor

"Public funds, property or credit shall be used only for public purposes".

-IL Constitution

Meet the Auditor:

Jake was educated by the public school systems of Pembroke and St. Anne, IL. After high school, Mr. Lee joined the United States Navy and served at several duty stations including: the United States Naval Academy (USNA), the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), and Bagram Airfield in Bagram, Afghanistan. During Jake’s tenure he earned several awards and accolades, “early promote” evaluations, and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration. Upon his return to Kankakee County, Jake got involved in the community; he currently supports several organizations through volunteering. In addition to the undergraduate degree he earned while on active duty, Jake holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Governor's State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Mr. Lee was elected Kankakee County Auditor in 2016.

Professional Memberships:

  • Illinois Association of County Auditors (IACA)
  • Illinois Government Finance Officers Association (IGFOA)
  • Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)
  • National Organization of Black County Officials (NOBCO)

Jake's mission for the Auditor's Office is guided by three principles: Accountability, Collaboration, and Transparency (ACT).

The Kankakee County Auditor:

*Is an independently elected auditor who reports directly to the tax payers.

*Is dedicated to ensuring that the County's spending is in accordance with federal laws and regulations; state statutes; county ordinances, resolutions, and policies.

*Is an internal county auditor who pursues all activity on a daily basis.

*Promotes accountability and transparency.

Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Definition of Internal Auditing: Internal auditing is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization’s operations. It helps an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.

The Office of Auditor was established in 1911 in counties over 75,000 in population. Since then, there have been several statutory changes to the Office of Auditor. In our over 100 year history, one thing has not changed - namely, providing citizens with accountability and transparency regarding county government finances.

This site was developed to inform the residents of Kankakee County of the role and responsibilities of the Kankakee County Auditor’s Office, to provide Kankakee County citizens financial and operational transparency and accountability of Kankakee County Government, to provide a means to report suspected fraud, waste, or abuse, and to encourage Kankakee County citizens and officials to participate, collaborate, and continue moving Kankakee County forward.

Former County Auditors

Robert "Bob" Kell November 3, 1964

Richard J. Winkel November 5, 1968

T. James "Jim" Dunn November 3, 1998

Steve McCarty November 7, 2000

Deborah E. Woodruff November 3, 2004