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 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 since 2007.

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Dawn Patrol: Man injured outside bar dies; police ID man in fatal crash

Jul 29 2014 | 5:53 am - Palatine man injured outside bar dies. Police ID Hoffman Estates man in fatal Schaumburg crash. Charity covers funeral for Barrington infant who starved to death. Rolling Meadows trees cut down despite neighbors’ protests. Elgin escapee to...

Woman gets jail for selling fatal heroin dose to Vernon Hills teen

Jul 30 2014 | 5:48 am - An Evanston woman convicted of selling a fatal dose of heroin to a 15-year-old Vernon Hills girl was sentenced to 18 months in jail and 30 months of probation Tuesday. Michelle Lee, now 21, was sentenced after she was convicted in May of selling a...

Lombard office complex damaged in early morning fire

Jul 28 2014 | 9:15 am - Lombard Fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire that caused about $5,000 in damages to an office building on the 2200 block of South Main Street early Monday morning.

Dawn Patrol: Chicago greats in Hall of Fame; Lisle man killed in crash

Jul 28 2014 | 5:49 am - Maddux delivers one more brilliant outing; 'emotional’ Thomas takes his spot in Cooperstown; Lisle man killed in Ogden Avenue motorcycle crash; Mt. Prospect teens learn to be entrepreneurs; Lake in the Hills man gets second chance after drug...

Schaumburg boy described as “true outdoorsman”

Jul 28 2014 | 4:10 pm - Schaumburg police are conducting an investigation into the death of a 12-year-old boy found unresponsive in his home early Saturday morning, but authorities say the cause appears to be medically related. Trevor Labak, who attended Hoover Elementary...

Dawn Patrol: Mom dies saving boy; Traffic problems on eastbound I-90

Jul 25 2014 | 7:15 am - Mundelein teen gets second chance at play tonight; Arlington Hts. mom dies saving boy in Wisconsin lake; Bensenville community rallying to help grieving family; McHenry man charged with murder; Fremd graduate killed in California motorcycle crash;...

Lake County joining heroin fight with anti-overdose drug

Jul 25 2014 | 5:36 am - The Lake County Opioid Initiative was created two years ago in part to curb the rise in heroin deaths throughout the county. Part of that effort now includes equipping all police officers with a spray that instantly counteracts the effects of an...

Fisherman rescued from Fox River dam in Algonquin

Jul 25 2014 | 5:01 pm - A fisherman who drifted too close to the Algonquin dam was rescued from the Fox River early Friday morning. Peter Van Dorpe, Assistant Chief with the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Fire Department, said the unidentified man drifted too close to the...

Former Lake County reserve deputy dies in skydiving accident

Jul 24 2014 | 10:00 pm - A former volunteer reserve deputy for the Lake County sheriff’s office killed in a skydiving accident in Wisconsin is being remembered for his service in law enforcement and the U.S. military. Frederick H. Platt Jr., 44, of Racine, died...

Waukegan man charged with sexually assaulting child at home day care

Jul 23 2014 | 12:24 pm - A Waukegan man is free on bond after being charged with sexually assaulting a 5-year-old at the home day care operated by his wife, authorities said. Mario Montes-Deoca, 60, was charged July 16 with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

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