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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Chain O’ Lakes boating season to start with 2 new laws in effect

May 22 2015 | 12:38 am - As the “unofficial” boating season starts on the Chain O’ Lakes over the Memorial Day weekend, Lake County officials are warning boaters to be aware of two new safety laws enacted in January. “We want people to enjoy...

Biesterfield Road reopens after minor accident at Rohlwing Road

May 22 2015 | 8:55 am - The right lane on eastbound Biesterfield Road in Elk Grove Village was blocked for about an hour after a car hit a light pole at Rohlwing Road. Authorities said the car swerved into the light pole at about 7:20 a.m. Two people received minor...

Dawn Patrol: PARCC test to be shortened; Blackhwaks drop game 3 at home

May 22 2015 | 5:57 am - State's PARCC test will be shorter next year; man charged after third attempt to rob same Hoffman Estates bank; bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana goes to Rauner; Villa Park police: Husband, wife found dead in apparent murder-suicide;...

Youth group leader charged in child porn case moving away from public park

May 21 2015 | 2:40 pm - A youth group leader from Buffalo Grove facing charges of possession of child pornography is selling his house because it is within 500 feet of a public park, attorneys said. Harry O. Jones, 44, is leaving his home in the 1300 block of Green Knolls...

Two Lake County residents plead not guilty in Lindenhurst fatal drug case

May 21 2015 | 9:39 pm - Two people pleaded not guilty to drug-induced homicide of a Lindenhurst man in October 2014. Cassandra Fornear, 31, of Fox Lake, and Matthew Rosene, 29, of Lakemoor, face up to 30 years in prison if found guilty of selling heroin to Mark Sailors.

Dawn patrol: Aurora Marine killed in Nepal honored; Prom queen makes her mark

May 21 2015 | 5:51 am - Congressman honors Aurora Marine killed in Nepal. Barlett prom queen makes her mark. State lawmaker's plan to curb heroin abuse moves forward. Hampshire man remembered as generous, avid cyclist. Don't miss chance to audition for Suburban Chicago's...

Sex assault trial for ex-Bull Brunson will begin next week

May 21 2015 | 11:53 am - A former Chicago Bulls player and coach accused of trying to sexually assault a massage therapist will be in court Wednesday to set a trial date. Lake County Judge James Booras said he will start the trial against Eric “Rick” Brunson...

Dawn Patrol: Hawks win a record-breaker, guilty verdict in Elgin woman's 2013 murder

May 20 2015 | 6:04 am - Hawks win in 3 OTs; Lawmakers say parents should be allowed to get kids out of PARCC; DuPage Forest Preserve looking at policy for retiring horses; Guilty verdict in 2013 murder of Elgin artist; Kane Co. vote reaffirms support for Longmeadow...

15-year-old faces charges in Round Lake Beach brush fire

May 20 2015 | 7:33 pm - A 15-year-old boy is facing arson charges alleging he intentionally set a brush fire last month that damaged at least two townhouses in Round Lake Beach, authorities said. The fire also burned about 7 acres of cattails and tall grasses.

Grandwood Park man gets 16 years for sexually assaulting child

May 19 2015 | 6:53 pm - A Grandwood Park man was sentenced to 16 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl. The defense attorney for Nyasha Mbawa asked for the minimum 12 years behind bars, while the state requested a sentence of 26 years.

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