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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Mundelein mayor defends controversial remarks on gay marriage

Jul 07 2015 | 4:56 am - Two days after saying gay marriage and unwed parents are part of a "moral crisis" in the U.S., Mundelein Mayor Steve Lentz on Monday defended those comments.

Wauconda’s Lindy’s Landing turns 50

Jul 04 2015 | 12:31 am - Fifty years after it opened, Lindy’s landing has grown from a tiny shack on Bangs Lake to a vital part of Wauconda’s Main Street business district.

Stevenson High a big work zone this summer

Jul 02 2015 | 2:26 pm - Construction crews will be busy across the Stevenson High campus this summer, completing $14.5 million worth of upgrades and repairs.

New director Archer has big plans for the Cook Memorial libraries

Jul 02 2015 | 12:28 am - Expanded hours and nicer public reading spaces are just a few of the upgrades new Cook Memorial Public Library District Director David Archer has planned.

New road closure coming in Lake Barrington

Jun 30 2015 | 6:14 pm - A stretch of River Road in Lake Barrington soon will close as crews continue constructing a traffic roundabout at Roberts Road.

New restaurant coming to Mundelein

Jun 29 2015 | 7:24 pm - Is Mundelein the new restaurant hot spot? Local entrepreneurs hope so.

General Lee to stay at Volo Auto Museum

Jun 27 2015 | 12:04 am - The Volo Auto Museum will continue to display a General Lee made for "The Dukes of Hazzard" TV show despite criticism of the Confederate battle flag.

Wauconda Fire Chief David Dato retiring

Jun 26 2015 | 5:02 pm - Longtime Wauconda Fire District Chief David Dato will retire in August. He'll be replaced by Deputy Chief Michael Wahl.

Rainy weather could force suburban pools to make cuts

Jun 25 2015 | 7:07 am - June's rainfall and cool temperatures have resulted in low pass sales -- and revenue shortfalls for suburban pools, water parks and beaches that may have to cut their budgets this year or next.

Retail, residental building proposed for Mundelein

Jun 24 2015 | 3:15 pm - Mundelein officials think a retail and residential building proposed for land near village hall could help revitalize the downtown area.

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