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Lee Filas

Staff Writer
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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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Dawn patrol: Investigators seek clues in hazmat deaths; Ingleside victims identified

Aug 28 2015 | 6:02 am - Investigators comb scene for clues in deaths at Des Plaines-area home. Two victims of Ingleside car crash identified. Glen Ellyn mulls how to handle downtown construction zones. Carpentersville receives federal grant for new ambulance equipment.

Traffic moving freely again on I-90 at River Road

Aug 28 2015 | 8:47 am - Traffic is moving freely again after authorities moved a truck fire that was causing delays on I-90 at River Road, authorities said.

Man charged with issuing bomb threat to Concordia University

Aug 27 2015 | 7:21 pm - A Chicago man is held in Lake County jail after threatening to "blow up" Concordia University in River Forest.

Dawn Patrol: Antioch woman charged in hit-and-run; missing Algonquin dog found after 15 days

Aug 27 2015 | 5:48 am - Antioch woman charged in fatal hit-and-run. Missing Algonquin dog, Wrigley, found safe after 15 days. Kane County planning for possible state income tax shortfall. What’s next for nearly-vacant Wheeling shopping mall? Geneva man pleads guilty...

Prosecutors: Antioch-area woman said she drank wine before fatal motorcycle crash

Aug 27 2015 | 2:21 pm - A woman accused of leaving the scene of a fatal motorcycle accident told police she drank wine before the crash, Lake County prosecutors said.

Two victims of Ingleside car crash identified

Aug 27 2015 | 4:03 pm - Two of three people killed in a crash on Rollins Road were identified by Lake county authorities Thursday.

Dawn Patrol: Man killed in Wauconda robbery had BB gun, police say; Pedestrian killed by train in Mt. Prospect

Aug 26 2015 | 5:45 am - Officials say man killed in Wauconda robbery carrying BB gun; Pedestrian killed by train in Mt. Prospect; DuPage may discuss using bailiffs for court security to save money; Striking Barrington High janitors say restore pay and we'll negotiate;...

Antioch woman charged in fatal hit-and-run

Aug 27 2015 | 11:40 am - A man died early Wednesday along Route 173 near Antioch when his motorcycle was struck by a driver who initially fled the scene but later turned herself in to Lake County Sheriff's officers, police said Wednesday night.

Authorities working to identify victims, cause of Ingleside crash

Aug 26 2015 | 9:00 pm - Authorities are trying to figure out what caused a fiery crash in northern Lake County and identify the three victims.

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