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Lee Filas

Staff Writer
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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: Gag order in animal neglect case; Hawks lose in 3OT

Apr 18 2014 | 5:59 am - Gag order in Kane animal neglect case. Water rescue in Crystal Lake. Road projects coming to DuPage. Horses escape Wauconda-area farm. Record Store Day tomorrow. Hawks lose in triple overtime. Sox lose.

Suicide reported in Lake County jail

Apr 18 2014 | 5:35 pm - A Lake County jail inmate committed suicide early Friday, authorities said. Igor Karlukov, 36, was found hanging in his cell about 3 a.m., Undersheriff Raymond J. Rose said at a news conference.

Warrant issued for man accused of hiding camera

Apr 18 2014 | 5:03 pm - A child pornography arrest warrant has been issued in Illinois for a Waukegan man now jailed in Wisconsin on accusations that he hid a video camera in a female locker room.

Blarney Island being raised above Chain flood levels

Apr 18 2014 | 5:14 am - When floodwaters crested on the Chain O' Lakes a year ago, Blarney Island owner Rob Hardman said the only place he was able to walk inside the century-old Grass Lake tavern was on the bar top. But the final phase of a plan to raise the whole bar...

Dawn Patrol: 25 years for St. Charles stabbing murder; GOP chairs picked

Apr 17 2014 | 6:12 am - 25 years in St. Charles stabbing murder. Naperville company can put trucks back on the road. Cook GOP retains chairmanship. Kane County GOP selects new party chairman. Lake County picks new chairman. Party chairmen keep their seats in DuPage. Bulls...

Boy, 15, pulled from pond in Crystal Lake is dead

Apr 18 2014 | 9:18 am - McHenry County Coroner officials said a 15-year-old boy pulled from a pond in unincorporated McHenry County near Crystal Lake is dead.

No injuries reported in Lombard fire

Apr 17 2014 | 4:31 pm - No injuries were reported in a fire Wednesday night on the 2S400 block of Lloyd Avenue near Lombard.

Police: Waukegan man injures officers during fight

Apr 17 2014 | 1:25 pm - A Waukegan man faces multiple battery and drug charges after injuring two police officers during a fight inside of an apartment early Wednesday morning, authorities said. In bond court, authorities said Brian W. Hall, 28, refused to cooperate with...

Plea deal expected in Grant High School teacher sex abuse case

Apr 17 2014 | 4:22 pm - The case involving the former Grant High School teacher accused of having sex with a student most likely will be settled with a plea agreement before her scheduled May 2 trial, attorneys said Thursday.

Plea deal possible for man accused in Gurnee Youth Baseball theft

Apr 16 2014 | 4:24 pm - The attorney for a man accused of stealing more than $80,000 from Gurnee Youth Baseball said he expects a plea deal in the case in the coming weeks. Donald Schaefer, 52, of the 17000 block of West Windslow Drive in unincorporated Lake County, was...

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