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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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Boil order in effect in Hawthorn Woods, Forest Lake and Glennshire

Nov 21 2014 | 4:11 pm - Lake County officials have issued a boil order for homes in Hawthorn Woods, Forest Lake, and Glennshire after a power outage shut down electrical service at an important water well pump, officials said. Austin McFarlane, spokesman for the Lake...

Former Zion man pleads not guilty to 2005 murders

Nov 20 2014 | 5:22 pm - A former Zion resident accused of the notorious 2005 murder of two little girls in a Zion park pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Lake County court Thursday. Jorge Avila-Torrez, 25, stared stoically ahead while flanked by two jail guards...

Highland Park officers return to work after hospital shooting

Nov 20 2014 | 8:25 pm - Two officers who shot and killed a Waukegan man inside the emergency room at NorthShore Highland Park Hospital have returned to work, authorities said. Authorities released a 5-page question-and-answer report and hospital surveillance camera videos...

Dawn Patrol: Minimum wage vote possible today; Naperville ranked safest city for women

Nov 20 2014 | 6:33 am - Minimum wage vote possible today in state Senate. Naperville ranked safest city for women. State police finish Carpentersville death probe. Aurora police charge 6 in burglaries. Libertyville seems unlikely to reverse video gambling ban. Blackhawks...

Defense: Highland Park cops misled grand jury in sex assault case

Nov 19 2014 | 7:46 pm - A defense attorney for a Highland Park chiropractor facing allegations of sexually assaulting a client this year claims detectives misled a grand jury in order to obtain charges. Defense attorney Steven McCullom filed motions in Lake County court...

Dawn Patrol: Report on post-traffic stop death; Cupich installation

Nov 18 2014 | 6:45 am - Report: Internal bleeding killed Carpentersville man after arrest. Palatine man convicted of killing teen in 2003 crash arrested in another DUI. Former Gavin teacher turns himself in. Suburban sufferer of immune deficiency fights for insurance...

Route 59 crash in Hoffman Estates sends one to hospital

Nov 18 2014 | 1:34 pm - Hoffman Estates police have reopened Route 59 at Golf Road after a multivehicle crash this morning, authorities said. One person was injured and taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates for treatment.

Higgins Road in Schaumburg reopens after crash

Nov 18 2014 | 11:24 am - Higgins Road at North Martingale Road in Schaumburg was reopened to traffic late this morning after a two-vehicle crash took out a traffic signal early in the day. Police said no one was injured in the 5:45 a.m. crash, which caused a vehicle to...

Waukegan Police investigating death of 59-year-old man

Nov 18 2014 | 7:27 pm - Waukegan Police are investigating the death of a 59-year-old Waukegan man, officials said Tuesday. Cmdr. Joe Florip said officers were called to an apartment in the 1300 block of White Oak Drive at 4:30 p.m. Monday for a death investigation.

Report: Lake County Sheriff official pulls over school bus to give son lunch

Nov 18 2014 | 8:38 pm - A Lake County Sheriff's Office lieutenant is under investigation for making a traffic stop on a Johnsburg High School bus late last week in order to deliver lunch to his son, authorities confirmed Tuesday.

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