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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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Hearing delayed for man charged with trading public service hours for sex, money

Jul 02 2015 | 3:08 pm - A hearing for a Lake County official accused of trading sex and money for public service hours was delayed after an appellate prosecutor failed to appear in court as required.

Fox Lake woman pleads guilty to delivering drugs

Jul 02 2015 | 6:51 pm - A Fox Lake woman pleaded guilty to delivering drugs to a Lindenhurst 28-year-old man who died of heroin intoxication.

Grayslake Police searching for missing sex offender

Jul 02 2015 | 4:39 pm - A sex offender who cut off his home electronic monitoring bracelet is missing, authorities said.

Fire causes $75,000 in damage to Elgin home

Jul 01 2015 | 10:35 am - A fire caused $75,000 in damage to an Elgin home Tuesday night. The homeowner told investigators he had just finished burning checks on a table on the wooden deck and went inside. There were no injuries.

State accuses Lake County contractors of fraud

Jul 01 2015 | 12:52 pm - The Illinois Attorney General is suing two Lake County companies over allegations they charged customers more than $175,000 for home repair work that was never performed or not completed correctly, authorities said.

Round Lake Heights man pleads guilty to meth possession

Jul 01 2015 | 4:27 pm - A Round Lake Heights man pleaded guilty to possession of 400 grams of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Dawn Patrol: COD to review its accreditors; 1 dead after car hits condo building

Jun 30 2015 | 6:02 am - COD to check backgrounds of accreditation team members. One dead after car crashes into Des Plaines condo. No charges against Wheaton man after standoff. Bulldog Ale House coming to former Rolling Meadows Chili's. Prairie Crossing Charter School...

Trial delayed in Hawthorn Woods home invasion

Jun 30 2015 | 7:21 pm - The trial for an attorney charged with breaking into his ex-wife's house in Hawthorn Woods has been delayed.

Dawn Patrol: Pride Parade a ‘victory lap’; St. Charles cyclist dies during fundraiser

Jun 29 2015 | 6:01 am - Pride Parade a 'victory lap' for gay couples. St. Charles cyclist dies during Bike MS event. Accreditation agency delays COD visit. Water fights the highlight of annual fest. BET Awards honor musical legends. Cubs swept in St. Louis.

Metra upgrades coming to Waukegan station

Jun 29 2015 | 2:43 pm - Metra and Waukegan will spend $530,000 to fix and upgrade the Waukegan train station on Metra's Union Pacific North Line.

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