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Russell Lissau

Staff Writer
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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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Several Lake County towns to get new mayors in 2015

Dec 22 2014 | 6:46 pm - With candidate filing for the April 2015 election completed, it’s clear some Lake County towns will see new mayors take office next year. Longtime Lincolnshire Mayor Brett Blomberg on Monday confirmed he won’t seek re-election to a...

Mundelein High School drops national lunch program starting Feb. 1

Dec 19 2014 | 3:49 pm - Mundelein High School is dropping out of a federal school lunch program. The move should give students more food options, but it will eliminate federal subsidies.

Libertyville High students sign pledge to avoid drugs, alcohol during winter break

Dec 18 2014 | 4:27 pm - Libertyville High School student athletes are asking their peers to pledge to avoid drugs and alcohol over winter break.

Bids wanted for Mundelein High expansion project

Dec 18 2014 | 5:09 pm - After months of planning, Mundelein High School officials are seeking construction bids for a $23.6 million expansion project. The three-story addition will be dedicated to science, math, technology and engineering. It will include large science...

Bullet found at Matthews Middle School in Island Lake

Dec 17 2014 | 4:33 pm - Island Lake police on Wednesday continued investigating how a 9 mm bullet wound up in a Matthews Middle School hallway.

Libertyville’s 97-year-old Brainerd Building finally coming down

Dec 18 2014 | 2:13 pm - As construction crews continued reducing Libertyville’s former Brainerd school building to rubble Wednesday, local resident Michael Kollman visited the site and pondered the 97-year-old facility’s inglorious demise. “I’m...

Four candidates file for three seats in Island Lake

Dec 15 2014 | 12:07 pm - Four candidates filed for three seats on Island Lake’s village board on Monday. Incumbent Thea Morris will seek a second, 4-year term on the board. Incumbent John Burke will run as a team with newcomer Sandy Hartogh and fire and police...

Lake County Clerk Carla Wyckoff says first day of filing went smoothly

Dec 15 2014 | 7:48 pm - The start of candidate filing for the April 2015 consolidated election was the first big test of new Lake County Clerk Carla Wyckoff’s fledgling political career. Fortunately, Wyckoff said, things couldn’t have gone better Monday.

Candidates line up to get on ballot in Lake County

Dec 15 2014 | 5:17 pm - A few political showdowns surfaced Monday in Lake County as candidates began filing for the April 2015 consolidated election. The hottest action on the first day of filing was for the Wauconda village board race, where eight candidates filed for...

Eight candidates file for Wauconda village board

Dec 15 2014 | 11:01 am - The candidates for four seats on Wauconda’s village board wasted no time filing their nominating petitions Monday. Eight are competing for four seats.

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