Russell Lissau

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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 trustees tired of mayor’s behavior

Jul 31 2015 | 4:55 pm - Sick of seemingly endless political conflict, Wauconda trustees are moving forward with plans to criticize Mayor Frank Bart with a no-confidence vote at Monday’s village board meeting.

Cardboard boats to invade Diamond Lake

Jul 30 2015 | 10:20 pm - Wannabe Jack Sparrows, Nemos and Ahabs will take to Mundelein’s Diamond Lake on Saturday for the village’s first cardboard boat regatta.

Former Gurnee mayor remembered as a visionary

Jul 31 2015 | 6:51 pm - Former Gurnee Mayor Richard Welton is being remembered as a visionary who helped shape not just that village but the landscape of Lake County and the broader suburbs. Welton, who led Gurnee from 1973 to 2001, died Friday. He was 72.

One dead after motorcycle crash on Route 176

Jul 30 2015 | 4:44 pm - A Round Lake man was found dead early Thursday after a motorcycle crash near Wauconda.

New apartments coming to downtown Mundelein

Jul 29 2015 | 1:57 pm - A 40-unit apartment building is set to replace a vacant industrial building on Hawley Street in Mundelein.

Will Mundelein ban overnight parking?

Jul 28 2015 | 10:32 am - Mundelein residents no longer would be able to park cars overnight in front of their homes under a proposal unveiled Monday night.

Why Mundelein’s police chief wants cameras for officers

Jul 28 2015 | 4:59 pm - Mundelein Police Chief Eric Guenther wants his officers to be among the first in Illinois to wear body cameras on the street.

Wauconda library busier since renovation

Jul 24 2015 | 11:31 pm - Foot traffic and checkouts at the Wauconda Area Library have boomed since a $2 million renovation wrapped up earlier this year, officials announced Friday.

Vernon Hills High students volunteer in Uganda

Jul 24 2015 | 10:02 am - Students and teachers from Vernon Hills High School are volunteering at a school in Uganda.

Wauconda mayor, board argue about Sept. 11 memorial

Jul 22 2015 | 10:54 pm - Wauconda trustees have rejected the proposed wording for a plaque on the Heroes of Freedom memorial being built in town.

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