MORE About the Auditor

Jake is the youngest of five children born in Kankakee, Illinois. Jake grew up primarily in Hopkins Park, IL and was educated at the Pembroke and St. Anne public school districts and the Kankakee Area Career Center. After high school, Mr. Lee joined the United States Navy and served at several duty stations including: the United States Naval Academy, the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), and Bagram Airfield in Bagram, Afghanistan. During Jake’s tenure, he quickly rose to the rate of Religious Program Specialist Second Class, earned several accolades, an Associate's Degree in Business Administration and subsequently a Bachelor's 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 degrees earned while on active duty, Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Governors State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Jake was elected Kankakee County Auditor in 2016. Jake is the proud father of two daughters, Briánna and Maya.

COMMUNITY Involvement

  • Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KC-CASA), Chairman, Nominating Committee & Past Board Chairperson
  • Community Foundation of the Kankakee River Valley (CFKRV), Board Secretary
  • Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra Association (KVSOA), Board Treasurer
  • Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce Young Professional's Network (YPN)
  • Riverside Medical Healthcare System, Oakside Corporation, Member, Board of Directors
  • Riverside Medical Healthcare System, Finance Committee Member
  • National Association of Black Veterans (NABVETs), Pembroke Chapter 0084
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Life Member

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS and Associations


  • Illinois Association of County Auditors (IACA)
  • Illinois Government Finance Officers Association (IGFOA)
  • Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)
  • National Organization of Black County Officials (NOBCO)
  • Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society (ICPAS)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Awards and Recognition


  • Class of 2017 Edgar Fellows
  • 2016 Recipient of the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce's 40 Under 40 Award