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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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Lincolnshire cops, firefighters team to help girl’s leukemia fight

Sep 22 2014 | 5:27 am - Lincolnshire’s police officers and firefighters will trade their guns and hoses for spatulas and tongs this weekend to help a Lake County girl fighting cancer. And you’re invited to grab a plate and chip in a few bucks, too.

County candidates say jobs, spending are priorities

Sep 18 2014 | 8:44 pm - Both candidates running for the Lake County Board’s 10th District seat say economic concerns will be among their top priorities if elected in November. Republican Chuck Bartels, a consultant, will face Democrat Mike Jennings, a retired...

Lake County museum sells Civil War newspaper collection to Cantigny estate

Sep 17 2014 | 8:34 am - Thirty-four bound volumes containing hundreds of Chicago Tribunes from the American Civil War are headed from a museum near Wauconda to one in Wheaton. The nearly complete collection includes reports about the war, the assassination of President...

Highland Park woman sentenced to 5 years for huffing crash that killed child

Sep 18 2014 | 5:37 am - A Highland Park woman convicted of running over and killing a 5-year-old girl in 2012 was sentenced Wednesday to 5 years in prison. Carly Rousso, 20, could go free in less than 3 years under state prison guidelines. The parents of the girl Rousso...

Schneider gets endorsement from union that backed Dold in 2012

Sep 16 2014 | 4:20 pm - The Illinois Education Association, a labor union for teachers, has changed horses and endorsed U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider in his re-election bid against former congressman Robert Dold. The union backed Dold two years ago when he lost to Schneider in...

Savers thrift stores in Lake Zurich and St. Charles closing Tuesday

Sep 15 2014 | 4:16 pm - A pair of suburban Savers thrift stores will close Tuesday. The stores in Lake Zurich and St. Charles are locking their doors. Others in the Northwest suburbs will remain open.

Official: Online post about Stevenson High wasn’t intended as threat

Sep 15 2014 | 8:07 pm - An anonymous Internet comment that led to an increased police presence at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire on Monday was not intended as a threat, school officials say.

Busse Woods comes alive for annual Native American powwow

Sep 13 2014 | 10:39 pm - The Busse Woods Forest Preserve was filled with the sounds of American Indian music and chanting Saturday afternoon as the 61st annual Chicago Powwow got underway. “It gives nonnatives an opportunity to find out about the native culture and...

Lake Zurich rocks the block again

Sep 13 2014 | 7:27 pm - People filled a stretch of Main Street in downtown Lake Zurich on Saturday evening for the village’s second annual Rock the Block bash. They ate, drank and enjoyed live music, coming together as a community in the heart of the community.

District 128 property owners could see taxes cut by $9 million if abatement approved

Sep 12 2014 | 4:34 pm - Feeling flush financially, Libertyville-Vernon Hills High School District 128 officials are considering lowering the amount of taxes they’ll collect from property owners in 2015 by about $9 million.

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