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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 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 since 2007.

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Jury convicts Michigan man in slaying of 42-year-old Zion man after night of playing cards

Aug 29 2014 | 8:22 pm - A Lake County jury found a 25-year-old Michigan man guilty of killing a Zion man after a night of drinking and playing cards, authorities said. Terrance Scott, of Ypsilanti, was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Prentiss Carter, 42,...

Search continues for man involved in shooting inside Beach Park house

Aug 29 2014 | 4:07 pm - Lake County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man who was involved in a shooting that resulted in the lockdown of all Beach Park schools early Friday morning, officials said. No one was injured when an unidentified man walked into a...

Dump truck rolls over at material yard in Carol Stream

Aug 28 2014 | 7:27 am - Police are investigating an overturned dump truck at Meyer Material on St. Charles Road in Carols Stream.

Dawn Patrol: Three fires in St. Charles; Libertyville to reconsider gambling

Aug 28 2014 | 5:47 am - St. Charles firefighters battle three fires in one day. Libertyville to reconsider video gambling ban. Waukegan robberies linked to others, police say. Joseph Academy closes DuPage location. Naperville man killed in crash. Palatine man pleads not...

Gurnee men plead not guilty to drug induced homicide

Aug 28 2014 | 3:45 pm - Two Gurnee men have pleaded not guilty to drug-induced homicide charges in the March death of a 22-year-old Waukegan resident, authorities said. Haitham Qasem, 27, and Kareem Perkins, 30, are scheduled to face trial later this year on charges...

Six Flags Great America to roll back the clock in 2015

Aug 28 2014 | 4:59 pm - Six Flags Great America will turn back the clock next year to celebrate the park's 40th anniversary in Gurnee. Among the highlights will be the return of three classic children's rides.

Challenger: Sheriff ignored complaints against donors

Aug 28 2014 | 12:08 pm - The Democratic challenger for Lake County Sheriff claims incumbent Mark Curran has ignored complaints against a jail service food provider and an office administrator because they are campaign contributors. Curran said both issues were addressed and...

Dawn Patrol: Hot, oppressive today; Chicago cheers Little Leaguers

Aug 25 2014 | 5:47 am - Near-record heat (that will feel even worse) expected today. Chicago celebrates its Little-Leaguers. Carpentersville man who died after traffic stop recalled. Aurora University student charged with sexual abuse. Jimmy Clausen gets the Bears backup...

Former District 76 teacher accused of abusing student told to take plea deal or go to trial

Aug 25 2014 | 1:07 pm - Lake County prosecutors told a former Diamond Lake Elementary District 76 teacher she has until Sept. 17 to accept a plea deal for molesting a student in 2010 or her case will go to trial. The ultimatum came Monday after the trial of former West Oak...

Judge denies Round Lake gang member’s request for less prison in fatal shooting

Aug 25 2014 | 4:56 pm - A Lake County judge denied a request to reduce the prison time for a gang member convicted in May of being responsible for the 2012 murder of a Zion teen outside a minimart. Judge Daniel Shanes said Monday the 38-year prison sentence given to Jose...

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