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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Two newcomers named to Stevenson High School board

Jun 21 2018 | 6:52 pm - Two political newcomers have been tapped to replace a pair of veteran Stevenson High School trustees who recently resigned.

Aspen Drive Library expansion plans call for lots of color, sunlight

Jun 20 2018 | 10:10 am - Architects publicly unveiled their bright vision for the soon-to-be-expanded Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills on Tuesday.

Volunteers repainting Island Lake’s Cobra helicopter

Jun 20 2018 | 4:10 pm - One of the more eye-catching landmarks in Island Lake, the AH-1 Cobra helicopter on display in Veterans Memorial Park will get a new coat of paint this summer.

Wauconda officials looking to reset water rates

Jun 19 2018 | 8:48 am - As the construction of a Lake Michigan water system in Wauconda continues, village officials are preparing to increase water and sewer rates.

Wauconda volunteers feeding hungry kids over summer vacation

Jun 15 2018 | 8:42 pm - Community and municipal leaders in Wauconda have teamed to provide free, healthy lunches to local kids this summer.

Wauconda’s summertime car show debuts Tuesday

Jun 13 2018 | 4:58 pm - Wauconda’s increasingly popular summertime car show will make its 2018 debut Tuesday, attracting hundreds of cars and car-lovers.

Developer wants to build houses at site of former Mundelein roofing business

Jun 12 2018 | 1:09 pm - A developer wants to build 16 houses in Mundelein on land now occupied by an unused industrial building.

Lincolnshire cop honored for saving resident’s life

Jun 12 2018 | 5:11 pm - A Lincolnshire police sergeant is being lauded for saving a choking resident’s life.

Not big stores but homes, paths, art for Mundelein’s south-side corridor, experts say

Jun 11 2018 | 7:57 pm - Public art displays and paths for pedestrians and bicyclists are some of the things Mundelein officials could create to improve the village’s south-side commercial corridor, real estate experts said Monday.

Mundelein eliminates public safety post, re-establishes police and fire chiefs

Jun 12 2018 | 6:52 pm - After nearly three years with a public safety director overseeing both the police and fire departments, Mundelein has reverted to having separate police and fire chiefs.

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