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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New Lake County jail class inspires incarcerated fathers

Jun 16 2018 | 4:25 pm - A new class called “Fatherhood and Re-Entry” is being offered to inmates incarcerated at Lake County Jail. The program is designed to help inmates by providing guidance and support while they rebuild families torn apart by a...

AbbVie, Catholic Charities roll out new bikes for veterans in need

Jun 09 2018 | 8:03 am - Several Lake County military veterans in need received new bicycles Friday, thanks to a partnership between Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago and North Chicago-based AbbVie. The veterans also received bicycle helmets and locks.

Comedy Central show pokes fun at Libertarian governor candidate Kash Jackson

Jun 07 2018 | 3:22 pm - “The Opposition with Jordan Klepper” took aim at Kash Jackson, the Antioch Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor, during a segement on the Comedy Central show.

Three cited for selling tobacco products to underage people in Lake County

Jun 06 2018 | 12:54 pm - Three people have been cited for selling tobacco products to underaged people in Lake County, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office has announced.

Round Lake Beach man dies after car goes into Libertyville pond

Jun 05 2018 | 5:47 pm - A 38-year-old man Round Lake Beach man has been identified as the person who died after driving a car into a Libertyville pond.

Police find missing Naperville man

Jun 04 2018 | 7:48 am - Police have found Jose Andrade, 83, who was reported missing Sunday afternoon in Naperville.

Libertarian governor candidate found in contempt of court

Jun 04 2018 | 4:23 pm - A Lake County judge has found a Libertarian gubernatorial candidate from Antioch in contempt of court for not paying money he owes in child support, education, and other expenses for his children. Grayson “Kash” Jackson, of Antioch, is...

Report: Statements made to friends of woman can be used in 2000 murder trial

Jun 01 2018 | 8:14 am - A Cook County judge has ruled that statements made by a woman who was killed in South Barrington 18 years ago can be admitted as evidence at trial, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.

Man gets 3 years in prison for Antioch crash that killed girlfriend

Jun 01 2018 | 6:37 pm - A Wonder Lake man was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday for being impaired when he crashed a motorcycle in Antioch on Independance Day 2016, resulting in the death of his fiancee.

This is only a drill: But Big Hollow teachers learn how to save kids in a shooting

Jun 01 2018 | 4:29 pm - Teachers at Big Hollow Elementary District 38 in Ingleside spent Friday learning how to properly respond to an active shooter entering the building.

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