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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Dawn Patrol: Bulls win Game 1 over the Cavaliers; 4 hurt in Des Plaines crash

May 05 2015 | 1:13 am - Bulls notch Game 1 win over the Cavaliers. 4 hurt in Des Plaines crash. Former lumber storage facility catches fire in Elgin. Garage catches fire in Round Lake Park. Round Lake High School adds more unisex bathrooms after transgender...

Dawn Patrol: Hawks keep home-ice advantage; Boy shot in face expected to recover

May 04 2015 | 5:52 am - Blackhawks hold tight to home-ice advantage. Des Plaines boy shot in face expected to recover. Cupich brings humor, praise to Des Plaines parish. Driver hurt in Grayslake crash. Elgin firefighter, police officer win legion awards. Bob LeGere grades...

Garage fire closes Camp McDonald Road in Prospect Hts. late Sunday

May 04 2015 | 10:56 am - A garage fire in Prospect Heights closed Camp McDonald Road between Route 83 and Wheeling Road late Sunday night, but no one was injured, authorities said.

Volo’s first village president set to retire

May 02 2015 | 11:54 pm - Burnell Russell steps down Tuesday, ending 23 years in office as Volo's first village president. Russell, 86, led Volo's conversion from small unincorporated farming community to growing suburb. The village's population grew 20 fold, a new village...

Dawn Patrol: Breuder banned from COD; shooter at large in Elgin

May 01 2015 | 6:20 am - New COD board puts president on admin. leave. Elgin shooter remains at large. Shooter guilty of trying to kill sheriff's deputies in Holiday Hills. Round Lake High student seeks transgender restrooms. Villa Park man gets 39 years for starting fatal...

Kristin Cavallari files order of protection in Lake County against Chicago man

May 01 2015 | 3:28 pm - Reality TV star Kristin Cavallari — wife of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler — has received an emergency order of protection in Lake County for a man she claims had been stalking her. Judge Raymond Collins granted the 2-year order of...

Driver in 2013 fatal street race misses hearing, could be sent to prison

Apr 30 2015 | 3:58 pm - An Antioch Township teen serving 30 months in Lake County work release jail for a fatal street race crash may be sent to prison for failing to return to jail, missing a court hearing and violating rules of his previous sentence. A $1 million arrest...

Dawn Patrol: Vote on COD president tonight; motorcyclist hurt in Des Plaines

Apr 30 2015 | 5:54 am - With COD’s Breuder on medical leave, is it legal to put him on admin leave? Motorcyclist hurt in Des Plaines crash. Brush fire melts siding on Round Lake Beach townhouses. Police: Montgomery man’s kick killed small dog. Police: Man in...

Dawn Patrol: COD's Breuder taking medical leave; Sox to play in empty Baltimore stadium

Apr 29 2015 | 5:57 am - COD President Breuder taking medical leave; Deputy says shooter yelled: "If we're gonna do this, let's do this. Airborne!"; Elburn police officer charged with child sexual assault; Autopsy shows police shooting victim had alcohol and marijuana in...

New charges against Waukegan man accused of torturing, killing dogs

Apr 29 2015 | 2:15 pm - A Waukegan man accused of using hammers, a baseball bat and a plastic bag to kill three dogs now faces new charges for attacking a family member, authorities said. Juan Rositas, 49, is charged with armed violence in the attack on the unidentified...

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