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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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One shot in Elgin home invasion

Jan 31 2015 | 10:31 am - An Elgin man shot in a home invasion early Saturday is expected to survive, authorities said.

One arrested after Elgin stickup, police say

Jan 31 2015 | 5:50 pm - An Elgin man was arrested Friday following an attempted robbery in the city a few days earlier, police said.

People get barefoot in Bartlett for park project

Jan 31 2015 | 5:52 pm - Inspired by the ice-bucket fundraising challenge that went viral last year, about 20 people shed their shoes and socks and stood in snow Saturday to support a Bartlett park project.

Wauconda trustee candidate calls vaccines dangerous

Jan 30 2015 | 4:18 pm - With a measles outbreak in the western U.S. prompting a renewed public debate about vaccinations, a Wauconda trustee candidate is raising concerns about inoculations and the material they contain. During a group interview at the Daily Herald's...

Wauconda candidate accuses trustee of being behind local critics

Jan 28 2015 | 11:39 pm - One of the challengers seeking a seat on Wauconda’s village board on Wednesday accused Trustee Linda Starkey of orchestrating local political unrest — an allegation Starkey vehemently denied.

Mundelein High School to cut cost of student athletic fees in hope of encouraging more participation

Jan 29 2015 | 5:04 pm - Trying to encourage more students to take up sports, Mundelein High School officials will reduce athletic fees for the 2015-16 school year. “Anything that we can do that might remove a potential barrier for participation is plus,”...

Mundelein candidate slams branding project as waste of time and money

Jan 27 2015 | 2:21 pm - A Mundelein trustee candidate on Monday soundly criticized the village's recent branding campaign, calling it “a waste of time.”

Trio of veteran school board members running again

Jan 26 2015 | 9:07 am - Plenty of incumbents will be on the ballot in April's local elections -- but few have served as long as school board veterans Merv Roberts, Terry Moons and Marge Loizzo. The trio has more than a century of combined experience, with tenures date back...

Round Lake man arrested in underage sex sting

Jan 23 2015 | 5:19 am - A Round Lake man is in custody after going to meet an undercover police detective posing as a 14-year-old boy, authorities announced Thursday.

Mundelein chief: Wait before reaching, know the police

Jan 21 2015 | 5:17 am - Seeking to strengthen communications with residents after some high-profile cases of police violence across the nation, Mundelein Police Chief Eric Guenther on Tuesday led a frank community discussion about his officers' duties and interactions with...

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