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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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Waukegan man guilty of second-degree murder in cousin’s slaying

May 25 2017 | 5:06 pm - A Waukegan man was found guilty Thursday morning of killing one cousin and injuring another after a night of drinking in 2014, but won an acquittal on the most serious charges against him. He faces up to 20 years in prison when sentenced next month.

Chief hired to clean up after Gliniewicz scandal retiring

May 25 2017 | 4:52 pm - A veteran police chief tasked with cleaning up after the Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz scandal left the Fox Lake Police Department in chaos is retiring.

Waukegan man testifies he was “terrified” before fatally stabbing cousin

May 25 2017 | 12:37 pm - A Waukegan man on trial this week for murder testified Wednesday that he feared for his life seconds before stabbing two of his cousins with a 5-inch serrated steak knife in 2014.

Dawn Patrol: Voters defeat Antioch Golf Club proposal; man shot, killed in Elk Grove Village

May 23 2017 | 6:49 am - Huge crowd of voters defeats Antioch Golf Club proposal. Man shot, killed in Elk Grove Village. Man stable after being shot near Downers Grove. Prospect Heights couple plead not guilty to sexually abusing teens. Student killed by hammer throw...

Antioch man killed in crash with school bus in Wisconsin

May 23 2017 | 2:35 pm - An Antioch man was killed Friday when his van rear-ended a school bus in Trevor, Wisconsin, authorities said.

New Grass Lake school board parts ways with longtime superintendent

May 23 2017 | 5:13 pm - Grass Lake School District 36 is seeking a new leader after the single-school district announced it is parting ways with longtime Superintendent Terry O’Brien.

Dawn Patrol: Suburban high schools celebrate graduates

May 22 2017 | 7:59 am - Suburban high schools celebrate graduates. Fire destroys building near Lake Zurich. U-46 school board to meet tonight on charter school proposal. Glen Ellyn microbrewery could get tax incentive. Pieces coming together as Cubs slam Brewers. Imrem: Is...

Waukegan man claims self-defense as murder trial begins

May 22 2017 | 2:05 pm - Juan Guajardo feared for his life seconds before plunging a knife into two brothers, killing one and wounding the other, during a scuffle outside the home they shared, a defense attorney said as the Waukegan man’s murder trial got underway...

Lake County Sheriff’s Office rolls out body camera program

May 19 2017 | 1:37 pm - About 95 percent of the deputies in the Lake County Sheriff’s Office have been traned on and are wearing body cameras, officials said.

Dawn Patrol: Guilty verdict in assault of Arlington Hts. senior

May 19 2017 | 6:00 am - Guilty verdict in sexual assault of 97-year-old Arlington Heights woman. Batavia police say sister stabbed brother. Mount Prospect man dies after motorcycle hits car. Class of 2017 graduates from Hoffman Estates High School. Willowbrook teen charged...

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