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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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Gang members plead not guilty in Lake County RICO case

Nov 26 2014 | 3:19 pm - Several members of the notorious 4 Corner Hustlers pleaded not guilty in Lake County court Wednesday to various charges of racketeering and conspiracy on claims they were part of a street gang that conspired to carry out multiple murders, violent...

Dawn Patrol: Protests in Chicago after Ferguson cop not indicted

Nov 25 2014 | 5:39 am - Grand jury doesn’t indict Ferguson cop. Naperville bar security to get more training. FAA avoids taking blame, suggests changes after Aurora sabotage. Teen critically injured in Gurnee crash. Suburbs see slight snow accumulation. Rose, Gasol...

Two juvenile escapees accused of arson, burglary in Antioch

Nov 24 2014 | 6:18 pm - Two juveniles who escaped from a treatment facility in Wisconsin are facing charges of arson and burglary for damage they caused to a home in the 300 block of Abbey Court in Antioch, authorities said.

Ingleside teen accused in wild police chase ordered held on $2 million bail

Nov 25 2014 | 4:19 pm - Looking pale and scared, an Ingleside teen was ordered held in Lake County jail on $2 million bail for being high and drunk when starting a wild police chase Nov. 13. Ronald Maas, 18, appeared in Lake County bond court on charges of attempted...

Mundelein man sentenced to 24 years for causing fatal 2012 crash

Nov 25 2014 | 1:45 pm - A Mundelein man was sentenced to 24 years in prison for intentionally causing a crash that killed a Round Lake Beach mother of three in 2012. Mark Oelerich, 23, was found guilty of first-degree murder this year for intentinally swerving his vehicle...

Police search for man wanted in four armed robberies over 8 days

Nov 25 2014 | 2:06 pm - Waukegan police are searching for a man who they say committed four armed robberies and shot at officers during an eight-day period. The robberies took place between Nov. 14 and Nov. 22, authorities said.

Boil order in effect in Hawthorn Woods, Forest Lake and Glennshire

Nov 21 2014 | 4:11 pm - Lake County officials have issued a boil order for homes in Hawthorn Woods, Forest Lake, and Glennshire after a power outage shut down electrical service at an important water well pump, officials said. Austin McFarlane, spokesman for the Lake...

Former Zion man pleads not guilty to 2005 murders

Nov 20 2014 | 5:22 pm - A former Zion resident accused of the notorious 2005 murder of two little girls in a Zion park pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Lake County court Thursday. Jorge Avila-Torrez, 25, stared stoically ahead while flanked by two jail guards...

Highland Park officers return to work after hospital shooting

Nov 20 2014 | 8:25 pm - Two officers who shot and killed a Waukegan man inside the emergency room at NorthShore Highland Park Hospital have returned to work, authorities said. Authorities released a 5-page question-and-answer report and hospital surveillance camera videos...

Dawn Patrol: Minimum wage vote possible today; Naperville ranked safest city for women

Nov 20 2014 | 6:33 am - Minimum wage vote possible today in state Senate. Naperville ranked safest city for women. State police finish Carpentersville death probe. Aurora police charge 6 in burglaries. Libertyville seems unlikely to reverse video gambling ban. Blackhawks...

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