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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Suburban flood waters drown out recreational opportunities

Jul 23 2017 | 5:23 pm - Flooding has taken a big bite out of recreation as some suburban golf courses, parks, trails and other amenities remain unusable.

Highland Park Verizon store robbed by gunman

Jul 21 2017 | 3:52 pm - A gunman robbed a Verizon store in Highland Park on Friday morning.

Ex-candidate nominated to fill seat on Mundelein board

Jul 21 2017 | 3:33 pm - Former Mundelein village board candidate Scott Black has been nominated to fill a vacancy on the panel.

Veteran Mundelein firefighter leaving department

Jul 21 2017 | 3:22 pm - A veteran Mundelein firefighter is leaving the department and taking a university public safety job.

Navy SEALs push Libertyville Wildcat football players to work together

Jul 19 2017 | 6:21 pm - A pair of retired U.S. Navy SEALs gave the members of Libertyville High School’s football squads a taste of their infamous training program Wednesday.

Stevenson High chooses Under Armour for varsity athletes

Jul 18 2017 | 4:45 pm - Stevenson High School’s varsity athletes will exclusively wear uniforms manufactured by Under Armour under a new three-year contract.

Buffalo Grove teen with leukemia dies

Jul 14 2017 | 1:10 pm - A 15-year-old Buffalo Grove boy who received community support as he fought leukemia has died.

Lake County declared disaster area; sandbagging continues

Jul 14 2017 | 6:52 pm - Anticipating perhaps the worst flooding ever on the Chain O’ Lakes, authorities from the Fox Waterway Agency this morning urged boaters and lakeside property owners to “prepare for the worst” by removing their vessels from the...

Downtown Mundelein improvement plan gaining steam, consultant says

Jul 12 2017 | 10:56 am - A plan to beautify retail buildings in a small section of downtown Mundelein using public and private funds is gaining momentum.

Lake County house badly damaged by explosion

Jul 12 2017 | 5:13 pm - A house near Libertyville was leveled by an explosion Wednesday afternoon, but no one was hurt, authorities said.

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