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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Antioch Township board faces decision on interim supervisor

Dec 10 2017 | 10:56 pm - A former Antioch Township trustee who narrowly lost in the April election for township supervisor could be appointed that post later this week, but he faces potential competition from two current township officials.

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Round Lake man pleads guilty to shooting friend in head

Dec 08 2017 | 7:19 pm - A Round Lake man accused of killing a friend by accidentally shooting him in the head during a birthday celebration in March pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Lake County court.

No injuries reported in fire in Naperville Wednesday night

Dec 07 2017 | 6:40 am - A fire in a home on the 1000 block of Erb Farm Court in Naperville remains under investigation, authorities said late Wednesday.

Woman accused of killing son, taking body on Metra pleads not guilty

Dec 07 2017 | 1:25 pm - A Round Lake Beach woman accused of killing her son then taking his body onto a Metra train to Chicago broke down in tears Thursday after pleading not guilty to first-degree murder charges.

Teen pleads not guilty to fatal shooting near Grayslake

Dec 06 2017 | 12:32 pm - A 19-year-old Waukegan man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to three counts of first-degree murder stemming from the fatal shooting of a Zion man near Grayslake in October.

Dawn Patrol: Ravinia cuts ties with conductor over sexual misconduct allegations

Dec 05 2017 | 6:02 am - Ravinia cuts ties with conductor over sexual misconduct allegations. One in critical condition after Waukegan fire. No injuries reported in Elgin home fire. Island Lake man pleads guilty to aggravated DUI. With filing over, candidates vie to kick...

Wind advisory lasts in suburbs until 6 p.m.

Dec 05 2017 | 4:53 pm - The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the Chicago area.

Appellate court overturns Lake County attempted murder conviction

Dec 05 2017 | 8:38 pm - An Illinois appellate court has reversed the conviction of a Waukegan man sentenced to 45 years in prison for attempted murder, ruling that a Lake County prosecutor violated pretrial discovery rules to discredit defense witnesses.

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