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: O’Hare chief talks nighttime noise (and goats); stolen dog returns

Aug 05 2015 | 5:58 am - O'Hare chief talks nighttime noise and diagonal runways; stolen dog will reunite with new family; Central Lake County bouncing back after tornado; Wood Dale: Tent collapse investigation 'going to take some time'; DuPage chief judge: Traffic court...

Route 53 ramp reopens at Lake-Cook Road

Aug 04 2015 | 8:39 am - The Route 53 ramp to westbound Lake-Cook Road is blocked after a semi rolled over in a ditch.

Dawn Patrol: Lake County tornado beat sirens; family remembers St. Charles man who drowned

Aug 04 2015 | 5:43 am - Lake County tornado beat sirens. Family remembers St. Charles man who drowned. Workers sickened by fumes during storm cleanup. Dog stolen from animal hospital. Rosemont dome repairs could take months. Sox come up short against Rays. Cubs-Pirates...

Dawn Patrol: Wood Dale man killed when tent crashes; tornado reported in Grayslake

Aug 03 2015 | 5:55 am - Wood Dale man killed in festival tent crash. Tornado reported in Grayslake. Rosemont softball dome collapses. Body identified as Carol Stream woman's. Top 10 wow Suburban Chicago's Got Talent judges. Samardzija, Sox clobbered by Yankees.

Damaged buildings, fallen trees, inconvenience remain after Lake County tornado

Aug 04 2015 | 8:42 am - Fallen trees, damaged buildings and a lot of bad memories were remnants of the EF-1 tornado that chewed a nasty, narrow path across Lake County. The tornado moved so fast, it beat the warning sirens.

Grayslake makeup artist creates creatures on Syfy

Aug 02 2015 | 5:48 pm - Haunted house makeup artist Stevie Calabrese of Grayslake can't tell us yet if she won Syfy's “Face Off,” but she does say: “This show has pushed me to what I thought I could be, and beyond.”

Dawn Patrol: COD tries to find out who leaked recording; Cook County proposes employee raises

Jul 31 2015 | 5:49 am - COD looking for who leaked recording of buyout meeting. Cook County proposes employee raises. Waukegan man faces charges in home burglaries. Polic say Aurora motorcyclist had mechanical trouble before fatal crash. New law aims to provide jet noise...

No injuries in Naperville fire late Thursday

Jul 31 2015 | 6:39 am - No injuries were reported in a house fire on the 200 block of Tamarck Drive in Naperville Thursday.

Smith Road closed in West Chicago due to fire

Jul 31 2015 | 8:17 am - Smith Road is closed at Route 59 in West Chicago due to a fire.

Trial delayed for Waukegan man accused of killing dogs

Jul 31 2015 | 1:22 pm - The trial of a Waukegan man accused of beating a family member and killing three dogs was delayed until October.

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