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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FBI: Man who robbed Lisle bank captured

Mar 04 2015 | 2:33 pm - A man who robbed the Lisle Savings Bank Monday has been captured, the FBI is reporting. Bandit Tracker Chicago has reported the man was captured in the two days after robbing the bank in the 1400 block of Maple Road. The identity of the robber has...

Rt. 137 near Grayslake reopens after crash closed road for five hours

Mar 03 2015 | 2:34 pm - A Tuesday morning crash closed Route 137 between Midlothian Road and Route 45 near Grayslake. The road reopened about 11 a.m., officials said.

Dawn Patrol: Weather advisory until noon; Board opposes Rauner’s plan

Mar 03 2015 | 7:09 am - Weather advisory until noon. Arlington Hts. board passes resolution against local budget cuts. Mayors: Really 3 things in Rauner budget hurt suburbs. Crystal Lake police seek despondent teen. Lawmakers unveil aggressive plan to curb heroin use.

You could win 'Back to the Future' DeLorean if prediction comes true

Mar 04 2015 | 5:43 am - The 1989 film “Back to the Future Part II” predicted it, its star character Marty McFly planned to bet on it, and now Volo Auto Museum is making it the centerpiece of a contest. The museum will give away an exhibition model DeLorean made...

Police searching for suspect who escalated Fox Lake tavern brawl

Mar 03 2015 | 6:05 am - Police are looking for a man who they say escalated a weekend brawl at a Fox Lake tavern that resulted in a 27-year-old bouncer being shot in the shoulder. Fox Lake Police Lt. Mark Schindler said officers are reviewing surveillance video and trying...

Dawn Patrol: Sleepy I-88 trucker convicted; MCC student killed

Feb 27 2015 | 5:55 am - Trucker found guilty of most charges in fatal I-88 crash. Elgin man charged in break-ins. MCC student killed in crash with commuter train. Farnham sentencing won’t be delayed despite illness. Fire destroys van in Palatine. Island Lake cop...

Dawn Patrol: Fatal crash slows trains; trucker’s trial could end today

Feb 26 2015 | 5:53 am - Fatal accident, other problems slow commute on Metra. Important ruling today in trucker's trial. School bus rolls over in Lindenhurst. Another measles case in Cook County. Newly discovered film footage shows horrors of Eastland disaster. Thibodeau...

Area under lake effect snow warning until 6 p.m.

Feb 26 2015 | 11:19 am - The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning for the area that will last until 6 p.m. An additional 1-3 inches of snow could fall today, according to the weather service. Snow totals will vary considerably due to the...

Waukegan man accused of hacking radios to issue Gurnee Mills bomb threat

Feb 26 2015 | 7:35 pm - A Waukegan man with a criminal history of tapping into and taking control of others’ electronic communication devices faces new charges alleging he caused a false bomb threat at Gurnee Mills shopping center Jan. 29, authorities said. Raymond...

Former Lake County YMCA in Waukegan to reopen Sunday as Church of Joy

Feb 26 2015 | 7:40 pm - The building that housed the Lake County YMCA until financial troubles forced it to close in 2012 is set to reopen as a house of worship. The Church of Joy will celebrate a grand opening Sunday of its new ministry headquarters in the renovated...

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