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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Psychiatrist’s license suspended after claims of inappropriate contact

Oct 19 2017 | 5:07 pm - A psychiatrist from Schaumburg has had his medical license temporarily suspended while awaiting a hearing on allegations of inappropriate contact with a young patient, according to officials at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional...

Court clears way for housing near Lake Zurich for homeless, mentally ill

Oct 19 2017 | 5:51 pm - The Lake County Housing Authority can move ahead with plans to house homeless people with mental illness at the shuttered Midlothian Manor near Lake Zurich, an Illinois appellate court has ruled.

Another $500,000 in marijuana seized in Lake County

Oct 18 2017 | 1:56 pm - Lake County authorities seized another $500,000 in marijuana Monday stemming an ongoing investigation into a cartel-affilated drug ring that already had netted an estimated $3 million of the drug, authorities said.

Dawn Patrol: Schaumburg woman talks about killing disabled daughter

Oct 17 2017 | 6:02 am - Bonnie Liltz talks about killing her daughter in Schaumburg. Fatal crash could be tied to Aurora shootings. GPS tracker remains on St. Charles suspect. Island Lake annexes Kemper Valve property. Streamwood to consider 100-foot cellular pole.

Former coroner’s perjury trial delayed until next year

Oct 17 2017 | 7:21 pm - The perjury trial of former Lake County Coroner Dr. Thomas Rudd has been delayed until January, following the indictment of its first special prosecutor and health-related problems of his replacement.

Dawn Patrol: Boy in critical condition after rescue from Aurora pond

Oct 16 2017 | 6:22 am - Boy, 6, in critical condition after rescue from Aurora pond. One injured after lightning sparks Hawthorn Woods house fire. Sea of pink marches in St. Charles cancer walk. Search continues for McHenry County man wanted for child assault. Cubs down...

Naperville cops hunting three in armed robbery

Oct 16 2017 | 6:06 pm - Naperville police are hunting for three men involved in an armed robbery Sunday night at a business along Route 59, authorities said Monday.

Authorities: Woman had $3 million in marijuana in her home, storage unit

Oct 16 2017 | 7:11 pm - A Round Lake Beach woman is facing up to 30 years in prison on drug charges after police say they confiscated an estimated $3 million of marijuana from her home and a storage unit, authorities said Monday.

Round Lake man admits guilt to lesser charge in Allendale death

Oct 06 2017 | 8:40 pm - A Round Lake man accused of killing a teenager at a Lake Villa home for troubled youth is expected to spend less than 24 hours in prison after agreeing to a plea deal in court Friday.

Man wanted in Plainfield carjacking captured in LaSalle County

Oct 06 2017 | 7:29 pm - A fugitive who evaded police during a six hour search near Naperville has been taken into custody in LaSalle County, authorities said.

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