Football Focus 2014
Editorial

Russell Lissau

Staff Writer
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Russell Lissau is a veteran reporter covering politics, education and other areas of interest for the Daily Herald. His beat includes: Lake County government; the Lake County Forest Preserve District; the villages of Mundelein, Lincolnshire and Island Lake; Mundelein High School 120; Stevenson High School District 125; Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128; Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103; Fremont School District 79; the Fremont Public Library District; the Cook Memorial Public Library District; and the Vernon Area Public Library District.

A New York native who spent much of his childhood in South Florida, Lissau has been writing for publication since middle school and first was paid to put words on a page as a staff writer and editor for the Daily Northwestern at Northwestern University.

Before joining the Daily Herald in 1993, he worked as a freelance writer for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and as an intern and freelance writer for the Miami Herald. An early career high came in 1992 when he contributed to the Miami Herald's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of Hurricane Andrew.

Highlights at the Daily Herald have included: an investigation that uncovered Open Meetings Act violations by the Mundelein High School board; a series of articles about a civilian effort to persuade the government to recover the body of a Navy airman who died during a Cold War mission in Antarctica; and, most recently, an investigation that revealed a political candidate lost a condominium to foreclosure but didn't make the setback public during his primary campaign.

Lissau's byline also has appeared in a variety of popular magazines, including Chicago magazine, North Shore magazine, Working Woman, The Advocate, Curve, Cinefantastique, Chicago Parent and Wizard: The Comics Magazine. In addition, he has written comic books for DC Comics, Ape Entertainment and other publishers since launching a second career in 2005. His credits include "The Batman Strikes," "Shrek," "The 29" and the "Reading With Pictures" anthology.

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Wauconda, Volo clear big hurdle in quest for Lake Michigan water

Oct 23 2014 | 4:36 pm - Wauconda’s quest for Lake Michigan drinking water has cleared a major hurdle, prompting celebrations among residents, business owners and village officials. The Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency board on Wednesday unanimously...

District 75 reporting tentative agreement on 3-year teachers contract

Oct 23 2014 | 2:54 pm - Mundelein Elementary School District 75 administrators and teachers have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract, officials announced Thursday. The progress on the deal avoids a potential teachers strike.

Dold, Schneider sling mud during last TV debate

Oct 22 2014 | 9:16 pm - It didn’t take long for the second and final televised debate between Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and Republican challenger Robert Dold to turn into a verbal brawl.

Hundreds fill Vernon Hills gym to see Vice President Joe Biden

Oct 23 2014 | 1:16 am - An estimated 750 people packed the Sullivan Community Center’s gym Wednesday afternoon for Vice President Joe Biden’s appearance, part of a rally for three Democrats on the Nov. 4 ballot: U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin...

Vernon Hills preparing for Vice President Joe Biden’s visit Wednesday

Oct 22 2014 | 6:49 pm - The giggling toddlers and energetic dancers who normally would occupy Vernon Hills’ Sullivan Community Center on Wednesday will make way for a political rally featuring Vice President Joe Biden. Biden is coming to the center on Aspen Drive in...

Schneider, Dold spar over health care, Medicare in televised debate

Oct 20 2014 | 7:28 pm - Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider slammed Republican challenger Robert Dold for repeatedly voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act when he represented the 10th District during a weekend televised debate. But Dold got some licks in, too, accusing...

Answers to questions on Wauconda parks referendum

Oct 19 2014 | 6:14 am - Wauconda Park District officials know the $4.75 million expansion plan for the village's community center isn't a lock. The community's reaction to the proposal — it would nearly double the size of the facility at 600 N. Main St. — has...

College fair at Vernon Hills High for teens with disabilities

Oct 17 2014 | 7:44 pm - About 900 teens and parents will converge on Vernon Hills High School next week for a college-planning fair aimed at students with disabilities. The regional event, called Choices, will provide families with information about the college search...

Schneider, Dold to debate -- but only on TV

Oct 17 2014 | 1:57 pm - Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and Republican challenger Robert Dold will discuss the issues facing the nation and the 10th District in two televised debates this week. The matchups are the only instances Dold, of Kenilworth, and Schneider, of...

Schneider’s 3rd quarter fundraising, spending tops Dold’s in 10th District race

Oct 16 2014 | 8:09 pm - U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider's re-election committee raked in more than $1.1 million during the last three months, setting a new fundraising record for the 10th District.

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