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: Trump in Bolingbrook today

Sep 28 2016 | 5:59 am - Demonstrations expected during Trump visit today. Crash victim identified as Neuqua Valley alumna. Injured Naperville runner leads shoe drive. Bank robbery suspect in custody. Elk Grove man charged in burglary. U of I vigil honors shooting victim...

Former Waukegan teacher pleads guilty to sexually assauting student

Sep 28 2016 | 3:20 pm - A Mundelein woman who worked as a music teacher at a Waukegan middle school pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a student during school hours and in the school building.

Dawn Patrol: Clinton and Trump debate; Cubs notch 100th win

Sep 27 2016 | 5:56 am - Suburban political team dissects presidential debate. Cubs reach century mark in wins. Parents chastise, support U-46 board over transgender access. Mundelein man who was shot in Champaign was visiting friends. Barrington Hills resident found dead...

Dawn Patrol: Mundelein man dies near U of I; Arnold Palmer dies

Sep 26 2016 | 5:55 am - Mundelein man shot near U of I was to begin nursing job Monday. Five teens overdose on Xanax at Tower Lakes house party. North Chicago woman killed when car strikes tree. Bomb threats made against Long Grove schools. Man stabbed during fight outside...

Dawn Patrol: Jamie Lee Curtis brings book to Naperville

Sep 23 2016 | 6:07 am - Jamie Lee Curtis brings ‘This is Me’ to Naperville. Union claims unsafe working conditions at Lake County jail. Man, brother-in-law sentenced in fraud case. Elgin man sentenced to prison for 8th DUI. Vote nears on Geneva...

Dawn Patrol: 2 cases of MRSA found at Naperville Central; Willowbrook High student dies

Sep 22 2016 | 5:50 am - DuPage health officials: 2 cases of MRSA found at Naperville Central. Official: Willowbrook High School student dies after ‘medical emergency.’ Lou Malnati’s deal will fuel expansion. Gail’s Carriage Inn opens Arlington...

Missing Round Lake Park woman found in Iowa

Sep 22 2016 | 6:48 am - A woman from Round lake Park who had been missing since Monday has been located in Dubuque, Iowa.

Judge agrees to do-over for Gliniewicz case ruling

Sep 21 2016 | 3:32 pm - A Lake County judge hit the reset button on the Melodie Gliniewicz theft case Wednesday, vacating a key ruling that preserved several of the charges against the Fox Lake police officer’s widow.

Dawn Patrol: Aurora cousins sentenced for attack plot; Grayslake bank robbed

Sep 21 2016 | 5:46 am - Aurora cousins sentenced for plot to attack Joliet base; Grayslake bank robbed; Man jumps into Fox River during chase; Auction nets nearly $19,000 for late Huntley cop’s family; Women from suburbs die in ATV crashes; Police seek suspect who...

Fire alarm credited with saving lives in Naperville fire

Sep 21 2016 | 8:42 am - No one was injured in an early morning fire in Naperville Wednesday that sparked in a laundry room clothes dryer.

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