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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Island Lake cop gets new $60,000-a-year job

Feb 27 2015 | 5:43 am - A part-time Island Lake police officer with political ties to Mayor Charles Amrich and his allies on the village board was awarded a full-time municipal job by that panel Thursday night.

CDW, Medline planning offices in Lincolnshire

Feb 26 2015 | 12:08 pm - Two prominent Lake County companies - computer retail giant CDW and Medline Industries - are planning to move some of their sizeable staffs to Lincolnshire this year, village officials have confirmed.

Will politically connected cop get new job in Island Lake?

Feb 25 2015 | 4:39 pm - A politically connected, part-time Island Lake police officer is being considered for a full-time village job with a $60,000-a-year salary, officials confirmed Wednesday.

Wauconda village board trustee candidates share ideas for using gambling revenue

Feb 24 2015 | 2:51 pm - Most of the candidates running for seats on Wauconda’s village board believe income generated from video gambling should go into the town’s general fund rather than a special account. A few suggested using the money on police-related...

Mundelein plan commissioner who wrote critical letter fired

Feb 24 2015 | 8:39 am - In an unusual bureaucratic move, Mundelein’s village board on Monday removed planning and zoning commissioner Ray Ladewig from that advisory panel Monday. Ladewig had come under fire from Mayor Steve Lentz and trustees after the publication...

Cook Memorial Library director to retire in June

Feb 20 2015 | 4:17 pm - Cook Memorial Public Library District Stephen Kershner has announced he will retire June 1. Kershner has led the two-building district for more than four years.

Mundelein mayor seeks to fire plan commissioner but won’t say why until Monday

Feb 19 2015 | 4:12 pm - Mundelein Mayor Steve Lentz wants village trustees to fire a longtime member of the town’s planning and zoning commission — but he won’t publicly say why.

New Wauconda website could feature emegency alerts, calendars, video

Feb 18 2015 | 5:39 am - Consultants hoping to redesign Wauconda's official website made their pitch for the job with a digital presentation Tuesday night. Calendars, online forms, charts and a lot of photos of the village could appear on the website. So could links to...

Mundelein candidates support police body cameras, but some have limits

Feb 18 2015 | 6:05 pm - All four candidates running for seats on Mundelein’s village board think police officers should wear body cameras — but one thinks officers should not be allowed to record video on private property.

Wal-Mart plan not derailed by foreclosure, Mundelein mayor says

Feb 16 2015 | 11:37 pm - A long-awaited but apparently stalled plan to build a new Wal-Mart store on Mundelein’s south side won’t be derailed by the property owner’s foreclosure, Mayor Steve Lentz insisted Monday night. “They say, ‘We...

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