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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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Mundelein High superintendent touts STEM expansion

Aug 18 2014 | 10:29 am - Mundelein High School officials aren't just talking about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math education for today's youth. They're putting their money where their mouths are by planning a $23.6 million expansion dedicated to...

Outdoor water use ban imposed in Lincolnshire

Aug 18 2014 | 4:13 pm - An outdoor watering ban in Lincolnshire was announced Monday, effective immediately.

District 118 board to honor former member Thomas A. Weber Sr.

Aug 18 2014 | 3:07 pm - The Wauconda Unit District 118 school board will posthumously honor former member Thomas A. Weber Sr. this week. Weber, 65, of Wauconda, suffered a fatal stroke in May.

Cardboard boat racing set for Wauconda

Aug 15 2014 | 1:01 pm - A cardboard boat race that benefits the Bangs Lake Advisory Committee will be held in Wauconda on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Island Lake won’t have to return $239,000 state grant for park, according to settlement

Aug 15 2014 | 5:17 pm - Despite complaints of financial abuse and other allegations, Island Lake officials won’t have to return a $239,000 state grant issued in 1992 for the purchase of Greenleaf Woods Park. Instead, village officials must promise that three of the...

David Walz named new Island Lake deputy police chief

Aug 15 2014 | 2:45 pm - Island Lake police Sgt. David Walz is the department’s new deputy chief, Chief Don Bero announced. Walz’s promotion — effective noon Friday — came one day after the village board voted to create the deputy chief position...

Can Wauconda go a day without complaining? Community group hopes so

Aug 14 2014 | 12:05 pm - Can Wauconda residents go a day without griping? That's the challenge of the upcoming "Complaint Free Day," a promotion launched by a local community group.

Wauconda may display World Trade Center beam at park

Aug 13 2014 | 5:44 pm - A beam from one of the fallen World Trade Center buildings could be put on display in Wauconda. Mayor Frank Bart mentioned the plan in a recent electronic newsletter to residents. Now local park district officials are getting involved, saying they...

New superintendent, laptops greet Mundelein High students

Aug 13 2014 | 4:36 pm - Mundelein High School students were greeted by new superintendent Kevin Myers as they moved through the halls during a change of classes on the first day of school Wednesday. “I’m very proud to be here as the superintendent,”...

Brainerd campus demolition could cost $484,800

Aug 12 2014 | 9:19 am - If a love of Lake County history or a sense of schoolyard nostalgia is pushing you to say goodbye to Libertyville’s Brainerd Building and Jackson Gym, you’d better act quickly. The Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District...

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