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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Round Lake Park woman killed in Volo crash

Apr 19 2018 | 3:18 pm - A Round Lake Park woman was killed Wednesday when the vehicle she was driving entered an opposite lane and struck another vehicle in Volo, authorities said.

Forecast calls for more snow today and tonight

Apr 18 2018 | 10:22 am - The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for northern Illinois counties, from 1 p.m. today until 1 a.m. Thursday.

Attorney: Better X-rays exonerate day care worker convicted of killing toddler

Apr 18 2018 | 8:02 pm - Attorneys for a former day care worker convicted of murdering a 16-month-old in 2009 told an appeals court Wednesday that key X-ray evidence provided by prosecutors was unreadable, was not examined by defense experts and ultimately prevented their...

Ex-Vernon Hills coach pleads not guilty to sexual assault

Apr 18 2018 | 6:22 pm - A former freshman soccer coach pleaded not guilty in Lake County court to charges she sexually assaulted two Vernon Hills High School students on several occasions over more than two years.

Snow making for a rough morning commute

Apr 16 2018 | 6:58 am - Light snow continues to fall in the suburbs, and weather officials say additional snowfall is expected to last throughout the day.

Charges dropped for jail guard accused of inappropriately touching female employee

Apr 16 2018 | 11:24 am - Lake County prosecutors on Monday dismissed battery allegations against a county correctional officer previously accused of inappropriately touching the buttocks of a female employee at the jail.

How Browser the dog sniffs out child porn in Lake County

Apr 16 2018 | 7:45 pm - The Lake County state’s attorney’s office has a new weapon to find electronic devices in child exploitation cases — a black Labrador retriever named Browser.

Beach Park double murder trial delayed until October

Apr 11 2018 | 6:17 pm - The trial for a Beach Park man accused of killing his wife and stepson with an aluminum baseball bat was postponed Wednesday after prosecutors announced they received new information from a cellphone involved in the case.

No one injured in small fire at Woodland Elementary East

Apr 10 2018 | 7:41 pm - No one was injured after a small fire ignited in a washroom trash can at Woodland Elementary School East Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Traffic stop leads to charges against four from Round Lake Beach

Apr 12 2018 | 6:27 am - Four Round Lake Beach residents were charged by police after a traffic stop that resulted in the confiscation of a gun, authorities said.

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