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: Arlington Heights residents call for tighter gun control

Feb 20 2018 | 6:05 am - Gun control advocates fill Arlington Heights board meeting. The trial of a DuPage County judge is scheduled to begin today. FBI, Georgia authorities charge Hoffman Estates man with abduction. Barrington-area governments ask state to fund groundwater...

Elgin man killed when pinned between two trucks in Lake County

Feb 20 2018 | 10:40 am - A 47-year-old Elgin man was killed early Tuesday after he was pinned between two box trucks on Fairfield Road, authorities said.

Flood warnings issued due to melting snow, heavy rain

Feb 20 2018 | 11:05 am - Heavy rain and melting snow is causing minor flooding in parts of Illinois. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning and flood watch warning of potential flooding.

Dawn Patrol: Wheaton vigil honors Florida shooting victims

Feb 19 2018 | 5:59 am - Wheaton vigil honors Florida shooting victims. ECC honors Hampshire family’s 48-year relationship with the college. Four injured in Schaumburg crash. Suburban nature lovers join Great Backyard Bird Count. Abreu hopes to extend impressive run...

One dead, two injured in Zion home invasion

Feb 19 2018 | 2:43 pm - One person was killed and two others injured during a home invasion Friday in Zion, authorities said. The woman killed was identified Monday as 36-year-old Kaleah Beville of Zion.

Dawn Patrol: West Chicago teachers, board reach deal to avert strike

Feb 16 2018 | 6:06 am - West Chicago teachers strike averted. District 214’s Schuler named national superintendent of the year. Woman who drove getaway car pleads guilty in Rolling Meadows home invasion. McHenry County jail inmate’s death under investigation.

Former Lake County coroner denied request to expunge criminal record

Feb 16 2018 | 5:34 pm - A judge denied a request by former Lake County Coroner Richard Keller to expunge or seal his criminal record in a drug-related death involving the Waukegan methadone clinic he ran.

Dawn Patrol: NIU pauses to remember shooting victims

Feb 15 2018 | 5:53 am - NIU pauses to remember shooting victims. Four teen patients surprised with Cubs spring training trip. West Chicago High teachers ready to strike Friday if no agreement. Fire damages Gurnee trucking terminal. Antioch oven fire contained. Naperville...

Dense fog advisory extended until 4 p.m.

Feb 15 2018 | 10:19 am - The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for most of Illinois this morning. The advisory is scheduled to end at 10 a.m.

Judge: Man who threatened Lake County courthouse may represent himself

Feb 15 2018 | 6:56 pm - A California man convicted of threatening to “light up” the Lake County courthouse and Gurnee police department was granted his request to serve as his own attorney in future court proceedings.

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