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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New videos, reward offered in fatal shooting of Fox Lake cop

Sep 04 2015 | 5:12 pm - Investigators hunting for the killers of a Fox Lake police officer said Friday they have added several new videos and a $50,000 reward to the effort to find the suspects.

Police hope video holds clues into Fox Lake cop’s murder

Sep 04 2015 | 11:26 am - Police officials say they hope a home security video they received will help lead them to three men accused of killing a veteran Fox Lake police officer.

Woman charged with falsifying report that led to massive Volo manhunt

Sep 03 2015 | 8:07 pm - A Vernon Hills woman admitted to fabricating a story that set off a massive manhunt in Volo late Wednesday night, but only after fingerprint and DNA tests on her car showed she was lying, officials said.

Police launch late-night search in Volo, Lakemoor after suspicious-person call

Sep 03 2015 | 6:54 am - A heavy police presence developed in Volo and Lakemoor late Wednesday night, a few miles from where Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was killed. So far the manhunts are unrelated.

Investigators ‘making progress’ in Fox Lake police officer murder case

Sep 02 2015 | 10:57 pm - The time frame of the shooting was among a handful of new details to emerge about the murder of Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, as a heavy police presence marked the second day of the manhunt for his killers.

Dawn Patrol: Lindenhurst crash probe continues; Cubs end August with a loss

Sep 01 2015 | 5:51 am - Investigation continues into crash that killed father, teen daughter in Lindenhurst. Levee 37 to control Des Plaines River flooding successfully completed. Green Oaks woman with Alzheimer’s reported missing. Barrington Road ramp to close.

Police hunting for 3 suspects after Fox Lake cop shot dead

Sep 02 2015 | 9:00 am - Veteran Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was killed early Tuesday, sparking a massive manhunt for three suspects.

Slain Fox Lake officer, father of 4, was to retire this month

Sep 02 2015 | 9:24 am - Just weeks from retiring after spending more than 30 years as a Fox Lake police officer, Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was known as an amazing police officer whose life was dedication to his family and the department.

Dawn Patrol: Arrieta no-hits Dodgers; Lindenhurst teen remembered

Aug 31 2015 | 5:58 am - Arrieta holds Dodgers hitless. Lindenhurst teen remembered for her spirit. American Indian veterans gather at Cantigny. Hitzeman says common sense prevails with 'rape kit' law. Namesake of Mt. Prospect business dies at 87. Sox rally in 11 to beat...

Dense fog advisory in place until 9 a.m.

Aug 31 2015 | 6:42 am - A dense fog advisory is in place for the Chicago area until 9 a.m.

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