Jake Lee, Kankakee County Auditor, 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, the Joint Service Achievement Medal (2), the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon, 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, supporting several organizations through volunteering. Some of Jakes volunteer activities include: the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley (Secretary), the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra Association (Treasurer), Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (Past President), and Oakside Corporation (a part of Riverside HealthCare System). He also serves as a member of the Finance Committee of the Riverside HealthCare System, the National Association of Black Veterans, and the NAACP. His professional memberships include the Illinois Association of County Auditors, the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association, the Government Finance Officers Association, the Illinois Certified Public Accountant Society, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the National Association of Black County Officials. Jake is passionate about social justice and equality, personal growth, economic development, and cultural diversity.
In addition to the degrees earned while on active duty, Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Governors State University, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana’s School of Public Policy Governor Jim Edgar Fellowship Program. Jake was elected Kankakee County Auditor in 2016, making him the first African-American countywide elected official in Kankakee County.
Jake is the proud father of two daughters, Briánna and Maya.