Lee Filas

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Lee Filas was named the Daily Herald's first early morning web reporter in July 2008 after working for eight years as a staff writer. In his Dawn Patrol position, Filas searches for and posts early-morning breaking news stories and alerts to the dailyherald.com website. He also covers local government beats in Fox Lake, Lakemoor and Volo.

During his reporting career, he has covered local government beats in Fox Lake, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Hawthorn Woods, Lake Villa, Volo, Lakemoor, Wauconda, Island Lake, Hanover Park, Streamwood and Bartlett at various times throughout his 10 years at the Daily Herald. Filas was part of a team of journalists awarded a Peter Lisagor Award in 2010 for breaking news coverage of the escape, manhunt and capture of convicted robber Robert Maday. He was also nominated for a second Lisagor for his role in the coverage after three members of the Finnerty family perished in a suicidal blaze in Arlington Heights. He has also participated in coverage of the arrest of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in December 2008, the sudden closure of Bennigan's in the United States in July 2008, and the murder of Marina Aksman in April 2010 that led to a nationwide manhunt for the suspect.

Prior to joining the Daily Herald, Filas worked has served stints at the Northwest Herald, the Chicago Tribune, Pioneer Press and Lakeland Newspapers. He was a frequent guest on the morning show at WXLC 102.3 to discuss breaking news stories. Filas graduated in 1993 from Columbia College in Chicago with an English major and film minor.

Filas spent his early life in Niles before moving to Wonder Lake in his teen years. He is married with two children, and is living in unincorporated Lake County. His passion is building haunted houses, and is the co-creator and general manager of X-Treme Haunting's Haunted House in Fox Lake, a venture he started in 2002 with a friend. The business has been named one of the top haunted houses in Illinois by hauntedillinois.com since 2007.

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Dawn Patrol: IHSA panel suggests pitch-count limits

Aug 31 2016 | 6:13 am - IHSA panel suggests pitch-count limits. Arlington Heights dialysis center closed after flood. Protesters pay Lake County taxes with dollar bills. Why passengers stay safe if lightning hits trains. Armed robber strikes in Elgin. Judge won’t...

Zion man shot by cops during chase pleads not guilty to drug charges

Aug 31 2016 | 6:27 pm - A 25-year-old Zion man shot by police after a chase that authorities say he started while intoxicated pleaded not guilty to drug and other charges in Lake County court Wednesday.

Dawn Patrol: Cubs rally for 8-7 win in 13 innings

Aug 30 2016 | 5:50 am - Cubs beat Pirates in 13 innnings. Lombard man charged with DUI after crash injures seven children. Gire: Comedy icon Gene Wilder credited Mel Brooks for his career. Elgin survey delayed to spring 2017. Bears clear Miller, Royal for contact play.

Dawn Patrol: IHSA may restrict pitch counts; Sonny Acres matriarch dies

Aug 29 2016 | 5:59 am - IHSA may restrict how much young pitchers can throw. Remembering the matriarch of West Chicago’s Sonny Acres Farm. Bald eagles, birds of prey spread their wings in Geneva. Rodon continues second-half surge as White Sox sink Mariners. Stewart,...

Dawn Patrol: Elgin cleric pleads guilty to sex abuse

Aug 26 2016 | 6:02 am - Elgin cleric pleads guilty to sexually abusing school employee, student. State redistricting referendum won’t be on November ballot. Carol Stream’s Grunt Style aims to help veterans heal after war. Up to 70 percent of students still...

Antioch residents face marijuana charges

Aug 26 2016 | 1:05 pm - Two Antioch residence have been arrested and charged for growing marijuana plants in their attic, authorities said.

Dawn Patrol: Charity collecting for earthquake victims

Aug 25 2016 | 6:01 am - Suburban charity collecting for Italian quake victims. Break-in at Libertyville gun shop linked to Des Plaines attempt. Wheeling man accused of molesting two former neighbors. Dist. 13 OKs teachers contract. Barrington gets key underpass funding...

Two charged with running Waukegan drug lab

Aug 25 2016 | 3:42 pm - Two Waukegan residents face charges for running an illicit drug manufacturing lab out of their apartment, authorities said.

Fox Lake pension board delays Gliniewicz hearings

Aug 25 2016 | 5:35 pm - The Fox Lake pension board has agreed to delay pension hearings for the widow of Lt. Joe Gliniewicz until after her criminal case is completed.

Dawn Patrol: Break-in at Libertyville gun shop; 2 bank robberies

Aug 24 2016 | 5:59 am - Libertyville gun shop plans to increase security after break-in; Amtrak train strikes pedestrian in Hinsdale; FBI searching for suspects in bank robberies; Des Plaines house fire causes $200k in damage; does Kmart reopening offer hope for Sears?...

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