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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Ingleside man charged with theft after fleeing rollover crash, authorities say

Jan 18 2017 | 6:33 pm - An Ingleside man who ran from the scene of a rollover crash in North Barrington has been charged with burglary after officers found him in possession of stolen items, authorities said.

Flood warning issued in Cook, DuPage, Will counties

Jan 17 2017 | 6:46 am - A flood warning has been issues for areas in DuPage and Cook counties, officials from the National Weather Service has reported.

Dawn Patrol: Caputo grocery reopening in Des Plaines

Jan 17 2017 | 5:55 am - No injuries in Elgin apartment fire. Readers don’t like idea of carpool lane on Ike. Naperville turns to students to help redevelop train station area. Caputo expected to open new Des Plaines grocery next month. Harper College proposes 4.3...

Waukegan ‘monster mom’ gets 43 years in prison for killing daughter

Jan 17 2017 | 7:03 pm - A Lake County judge called a Waukegan woman a “monster mom” before sentencing her to prison for 43 years for killing her emaciated 11-year-old daughter.

Dawn Patrol: Rauner to sign bill requiring lead testing in schools

Jan 16 2017 | 6:02 am - Rauner to sign lead bill today. One killed in Carpentersville carsh. Woman charged after hitting St. Charles squad car. Fun prevails at Volo Bog Winterfest. FBI searching for Lombard bank robber. Spring Valley event celebrates the season. Blackhawks...

Dawn Patrol: Carol Stream man accused of threatening governor, sheriff

Jan 13 2017 | 6:05 am - Carol Stream man accused of threatening governor, sheriff. Bus drivers taking union vote today. Chicago man charged with shooting Aurora cabbie. Former firefighter pleads guilty to recording in fire station shower. Sentencing hearing continued for...

Waukegan mother apologizes for fatal abuse of daughter

Jan 13 2017 | 6:52 pm - The Waukegan woman who pleaded guilty to killing her 11-year-old daughter said she is taking responsibility for what she did and apologized during her sentencing hearing in Lake County court.

Sentencing hearing continued for Waukegan woman who killed daughter

Jan 12 2017 | 6:47 pm - Nicholette Lawrence of Waukegan, who pleaded guilty to killing her daughter in 2014, faces 20 years to life when her sentencing hearing continues Friday.

Wanted Round Lake man in custody

Jan 11 2017 | 2:42 pm - A Round Lake man who avoided police apprehension since October 2016 is in jail after he was arrested by the Lake County Sheriff’s Warrants Team.

Man killed crossing road in Beach Park

Jan 10 2017 | 10:51 am - A 54-year-old man was killed when he was hit by a pickup truck while crossing Sheridan Road in Beach Park late Monday.

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