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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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Iowa man faces aggravated battery charge in Volo road rage attack

Sep 19 2014 | 3:13 pm - An Iowa man was charged with aggravated battery with a weapon following a road rage attack in Volo Wednesday. Scott Allen Schultz, 45, is being held in Lake County jail on $25,000 bail.

Health aide charged with stealing from elderly DuPage County women

Sep 19 2014 | 7:00 am - A Chicago woman is being held in DuPage County jail on $300,000 bail for theft, forgery, and financial exploitation of an elderly person, the Chicago Tribune reports. She is accused of stealing checks and credit cards from a Winfield woman, the...

Dawn Patrol: 5 years for fatal huffing crash; Cuneo assistant guilty

Sep 18 2014 | 5:47 am - Highland Park woman sentenced in huffing case. Lake County woman guilty in Cuneo theft. Bears’ Marshall’s past being scrutinized. Warrant: Man accused of killing grandma had financial motive. Burglar sentenced 16 years for Glen Ellyn...

Real-life Grinch steals gifts earmarked for needy families

Sep 18 2014 | 8:46 pm - A real-life Grinch has struck Catholic Charities Lake County. The Waukegan charity that annually provides about 15,000 people in need with gifts around the holidays is scrambling to recover or replace hundreds of stolen items that had been earmarked...

International manhunt for Lake County teacher ends in Sarajevo

Sep 19 2014 | 2:14 pm - An international manhunt for a Lake County teacher accused of molesting a student has ended with him in custody in Bosnia-Herzegovina awaiting extradition to face charges in the United States. Lake County Undersheriff Raymond J. Rose said Michael R.

Libertyville Twp. highway chief resigns; takes plea deal

Sep 18 2014 | 8:04 pm - The Libertyville Township highway commissioner pleaded guilty this week to a misdemeanor count of attempted unlawful stringing of bids, authorities said. Mike Graham was sentenced to 18 months of probation and 50 hours of community service, and has...

Eastbound ramp shut down on I-290 near North Avenue

Sep 17 2014 | 9:03 am - An exit ramp on I-290 has been shut down because a flat bed truck rolled over, spilling its pay load at eastbound North Avenue near Elmhurst.

Assistant found guilty of Cuneo theft

Sep 17 2014 | 8:30 pm - A jury deliberated for about five hours Wednesday before finding a 58-year-old Lake County woman guilty of stealing from one of area’s most well-known philanthropists. Beverly Benson, of the 23000 block of Erhart Road near Grayslake, faces up...

Former Lake County teacher admits molesting 14-year-old student

Sep 17 2014 | 2:16 pm - A former Lake County teacher faces up to three years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to molesting a 14-year-old student in 2010. Nicole Jacobsen, 43, of Barrington, admitted guilt to a charge of criminal sex abuse stemming from allegations...

McHenry teacher fired for taking pictures of a student’s undergarments

Sep 17 2014 | 7:09 am - A teacher from McHenry East High School has been fired amid allegations he took photographs of a student's undergarments, the Northwest Herald is reporting. Thomas P. Eggert, 44, of McHenry, used the zoom feature on his cell phone to snap a picture...

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