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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Wauconda mayoral candidates disagree on term limits

Feb 23 2017 | 11:34 pm - Wauconda village president candidate Bryan Anderson supports a two-term limit on the town’s elected officials, but opponent Lincoln Knight said voters should decide at the polls how long a person serves.

North Barrington attorney sent to prison for nearly 10 years

Feb 23 2017 | 6:24 pm - A North Barrington attorney charged with breaking into his ex-wife’s Hawthorn Woods home and threatening her and their daughter with a gun was sentenced Thursday to nearly 10 years in prison.

Wauconda candidates share ideas on economic development

Feb 22 2017 | 4:29 pm - Candidates for seats on Wauconda’s village board have different ideas for building the local economy and attracting new businesses. Among the most popular: hiring an economic development director.

Lake County Board chairman chooses diversity event to reveal he’s gay

Feb 22 2017 | 11:03 pm - Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor said he deliberately chose this week’s summit about diversity and inclusiveness to tell the public he’s gay. “I tried to do it in a way that complemented and magnified (the)...

Mundelein board candidates differ on Route 53 plan

Feb 21 2017 | 4:06 pm - The candidates running for three seats on Mundelein’s village board are divided when it comes to the proposed extension of Route 53 into Lake County.

Mundelein trustee candidates concerned about finances, business climate

Feb 16 2017 | 8:24 pm - The six candidates running for three seats on Mundelein’s village board cited the local economy, downtown redevelopment and the village’s image among the biggest issues facing the town.

Mundelein mayoral candidates discuss downtown redevelopment

Feb 16 2017 | 9:08 am - Two of the three candidates running for mayor in Mundelein support the village's vision for the ongoing development of the downtown area, while the third is critical of the efforts there.

Apartments for senior citizens proposed in Mundelein

Feb 14 2017 | 12:28 am - A developer wants to build a $20 million apartment building for senior citizens in downtown Mundelein.

Lake County Board supports plan to ask voters if they want to pick chairman

Feb 14 2017 | 12:01 pm - A proposal to let voters decide if they should directly elect the Lake County Board chairman gained the board’s support Tuesday. The plan would settle the issue in a 2018 referendum.

Learn about upcoming road projects in Mundelein

Feb 10 2017 | 4:40 pm - Mundelein officials plan to undertake an estimated $4.4 million in road and infrastructure improvements this summer. The village’s public works department will host an open house on the pending work on Feb. 20 at village hall.

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