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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New controversy for Wauconda’s Sept. 11 memorial

Oct 07 2015 | 4:36 pm - Four storyboards were removed from Wauconda’s new Heroes of Freedom Memorial on Wednesday because they were installed without the village board’s prior review and approval.

Wauconda trustees vote to pursue outsourcing 911 service

Oct 06 2015 | 10:43 pm - After more than a year of debate, protests and hand-wringing, Wauconda officials on Tuesday voted to pursue closing the town’s 911 center and outsourcing the service.

Guilty plea in fatal 2014 crash near Lakemoor

Oct 06 2015 | 4:36 pm - A Wisconsin man charged in a 2014 crash that killed a Lindenhurst man has pleaded guilty in the case, authorities said.

Round Lake Beach woman shot in leg

Sep 30 2015 | 4:25 pm - A Round Lake Beach woman is expected to survive after being shot in the leg Tuesday night, police said. The 23-year-old woman was shot while walking with another person about 9 p.m. on the 1300 block of North Cedar Lake Road.

Text-based crisis line expands in Lake County

Sep 30 2015 | 3:10 pm - A suburban hotline service that uses text messaging to help teens in crisis is expanding its reach to help more kids.

Martini seeks return to Lake County Board

Sep 29 2015 | 4:42 pm - Former Lake County Board member Judy Martini will run for the 5th District seat to be vacated next year by veteran commissioner Bonnie Thomson Carter.

Island Lake village clerk quits — again

Sep 29 2015 | 4:46 pm - Island Lake Village Clerk Jen Gomez has resigned her post but has offered to assist officials with the clerk's duties until a replacement is found.

Bonnie Thomson Carter: I won’t run again

Sep 28 2015 | 4:13 pm - Veteran Lake County Board member Bonnie Thomson Carter won't seek re-election in 2016. Carter, an Ingleside Republican, is stepping down after 20 years on the job.

Desmond Clark addresses school board on diversity training

Sep 28 2015 | 8:50 pm - Former Chicago Bears tight end Desmond Clark renewed his call for diversity programming for students and staffers at Libertyville and Vernon Hills high schools Monday night.

Stevenson High board adopts $101.6 million budget

Sep 25 2015 | 11:58 am - Stevenson High School officials have adopted a $101.6 million budget for the new fiscal year, one that is a little leaner than last year.

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