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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Millions for pool, gym included in proposed District 128 budget

Jul 26 2016 | 3:35 pm - The projects haven’t yet been approved, but $8 million is being budgeted for a new swimming pool at Libertyville High and a new gym at Vernon Hills High.

District 128 officials: Reserves could be gone in 6 years

Jul 25 2016 | 9:21 pm - Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 officials are concerned continued deficit spending is going to eat up the district’s $81 million reserve fund in six or seven years.

Mundelein High officials may tweak bell schedule

Jul 22 2016 | 10:43 pm - Mundelein High School officials are considering changing the bell schedule but not what time school starts each day.

Thank 7-year-old for new Little Free Library in Hawthorn Woods

Jul 22 2016 | 9:40 am - Thanks to a 7-year-old girl who wanted to share her love of reading with her neighbors, Hawthorn Woods residents have a new place to get free books.

Island Lake emergency clinic opening larger facility in town

Jul 22 2016 | 11:59 am - An Island Lake emergency medical clinic is planning to relocate to a new — and much larger — facility in the same part of town.

Barbecue restaurant brings new life to old Mundelein plaza

Jul 21 2016 | 10:25 am - A new barbecue restaurant has opened in Mundelein's Hawley Lake Plaza, a long-floundering shopping center trying to make a comeback with a new facade and other aesthetic improvements.

Wauconda’s marine unit shifting to sworn police officers

Jul 19 2016 | 11:02 pm - Most members of the Wauconda Police Department’s marine unit are sworn police officers this summer for the first time, a policy shift that gives the team more law-enforcement powers while patrolling Bangs Lake.

Mundelein-area historical society celebrates 60th anniversary

Jul 11 2016 | 12:21 pm - An organization dedicated to preserving the Mundelein area's past is celebrating its own history this month. The Historical Society of the Fort Hill Country — the volunteer group that runs the town's Fort Hill Heritage Museum — recently...

Affordable apartments for seniors proposed for Mundelein

Jul 11 2016 | 8:33 pm - Developers want to build an affordable apartment complex for senior citizens in downtown Mundelein.

Memorial service planned for Mundelein orchard matriarch Marion Quig

Jul 11 2016 | 4:51 pm - A memorial service will be held Thursday for Marion Quig, the former co-owner of one of Lake County’s most popular apple orchards.

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