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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Huntley District 158 superintendent to resign

Nov 18 2017 | 9:00 pm - Huntley Community School District 158 Superintendent John Burkey will step down in January, officials announced Saturday.

Man shot to death in Hainesville

Nov 18 2017 | 11:33 am - A 38-year-old man died early Saturday following a shooting in Hainesville.

Suburbanites gather to talk about racial divide in U.S.

Nov 17 2017 | 12:28 pm - About 30 people gathered at an Arlington Heights church Friday morning to discuss the racial divide in the U.S. and preconceptions they have about racism.

Libertyville High marching band to play in Chicago, London

Nov 17 2017 | 4:42 pm - Libertyville High School’s marching band will perform at a pair of upcoming, high-profile events — including one overseas.

Mundelein High superintendent gets contract extension

Nov 16 2017 | 7:42 pm - Mundelein High School Superintendent Kevin Myers has received a one-year contract extension from the District 120 board.

Slow train blocks Hawthorn Woods crossing for hours

Nov 14 2017 | 3:54 pm - A Canadian National freight train blocked a Hawthorn Woods railroad crossing for several hours Monday night.

Mundelein moving ahead with plan to increase tobacco age

Nov 14 2017 | 12:16 am - Mundelein officials are going to develop an ordinance that would restrict the sale of cigarettes, other tobacco products and e-cigarrettes to people 21 or older.

Mundelein development panel suggests ways to boost downtown

Nov 14 2017 | 2:01 pm - A Mundelein economic development group believes enhancing the appearance of a heavily-traveled entryway and improving parking opportunities for shoppers could provide a boost for downtown businesses.

Veterans honored at Mundelein High School

Nov 10 2017 | 4:02 pm - About 75 military veterans were honored Friday morning during an assembly at Mundelein High School.

Tax-sharing deal brings Tractor Supply Co. to Wauconda

Nov 09 2017 | 3:15 pm - Tractor Supply Co., a store selling everything from clothes to camping equipment, will move into long-vacant former Dominick’s space in a Wauconda shopping center.

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