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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Judge keeps Round Lake Park mayoral hopeful McCarty on ballot

Feb 21 2017 | 5:22 pm - A Lake County judge ruled Tuesday that Round Lake Park mayoral candidate Ray McCarty can remain on the April 4 ballot, overturning an electoral panel’s previous decision removing him from the race.

Dawn Patrol: Opponents of homeless plan speak out

Feb 21 2017 | 6:06 am - Opponents of Midlothian Manor near Lake Zurich cite location, safety Man dies in motorcycle crash in Glendale Heights. Flowers, trees face downside to this week’s warmup. Streamwood teen dies after being hit by SUV. Oakton set to vote on...

Dawn Patrol: Faith sustains relatives of Des Plaines crash victims

Feb 20 2017 | 5:53 am - Faith sustains Crawford relatives as they cope with crash. Another record high doesn’t cool Palatine’s Polar Plunge. $1 million bail set for two in drug-induced homicide case. Motorcycle driver killed in Wadsworth crash. District 211...

Five luxury vehicles stolen from Libertyville dealership

Feb 20 2017 | 7:23 pm - Police are investigating the theft Sunday night of five luxury vehicles from a Libertyville dealership, one of which later was involved in a high-speed police chase and crash in Wisconsin, authorities said.

Streamwood motorcycle crash victim remains in serious condition

Feb 20 2017 | 1:11 pm - A Streamwood man was seriously injured Sunday when the motorcycle he was driving hit an SUV in Streamwood, authorities said.

Antioch voters will elect fire board for first time

Feb 19 2017 | 4:15 pm - Voters in Antioch Township will break new ground April 4 when they head to the polls to vote for the first elected board members of the First Fire Protection District of Antioch.

Barrington man accused in wife’s death allowed to attend PTSD treatment

Feb 17 2017 | 5:57 pm - A Barrington man accused of shooting his wife in January 2016 after an argument is allowed to leave home confinement to be admitted into an in-house treatment facility for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dawn Patrol: Inverness detective named in Lake Zurich hazing lawsuit

Feb 17 2017 | 6:04 am - Inverness detective named in Lake Zurich football hazing lawsuit. Naperville cancer patient’s welcome parade proves ‘there’s no place like home.’ Arrests made after Waukegan armed robberies. Cary battery suspect...

Two charged in Waukegan armed robberies

Feb 17 2017 | 6:21 pm - Two men have been charged for their roles in two armed robberies in Waukegan between Feb. 10 and 13, authorities said.

Chicago man facing kidnapping charge arrested in Island Lake

Feb 17 2017 | 8:23 pm - A Chicago man wanted on a warrant connected to a Round Lake Beach kidnapping has been taken into custody by the Lake County Sheriff’s Warrants Division and U.S. Marshals.

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