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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Fremont District 79 unveils 3-year facilities plan

Jan 19 2018 | 7:46 pm - Fremont School District 79 officials have unveiled a three-year plan to renovate classrooms, replace lockers and make other changes at the Mundelein-area schools.

Four referendums on March ballot in Lake County

Jan 17 2018 | 11:46 pm - Four referendums will appear on Lake County ballots for the March primary election, the fewest since the March 2014 election.

Round Lake Beach house damaged by fire

Jan 18 2018 | 4:02 pm - A fire badly damaged a house under renovation in Round Lake Beach on Thursday.

Commission recommends government reforms in Lake County

Jan 16 2018 | 11:47 am - A group studying ways to improve government accountability and efficiency in Lake County is recommending reforms to the redistricting process and an investigation into possible office consolidations.

Mundelein High board may again seek bids for golf course

Jan 15 2018 | 1:44 pm - The Mundelein High School District 120 board on Tuesday may again vote to seek purchase offers for a district-owned golf course.

Aspen Drive Library expansion plan coming to a vote

Jan 11 2018 | 1:05 pm - The Cook Memorial Public Library District board this month is expected to formally approve a $6.75 million expansion of the Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills.

Rising enrollment at Vernon Hills High prompts talk on space needs

Jan 10 2018 | 1:09 pm - Rising enrollment projections at Vernon Hills High School are prompting administrators to begin talking about facility needs and a possible classroom expansion.

Excess rainwater is cause of sewage backups in Mundelein, consultant says

Jan 09 2018 | 6:49 am - An independent study confirmed excess rainwater gets into some sanitary sewers throughout Mundelein, resulting in the type of sewage backups many people experienced during July’s disastrous flood.

Ice cream trucks must end sales an hour earlier in Mundelein

Jan 09 2018 | 5:36 pm - Following a complaint about noise, Mundelein officials are cutting back operating hours for ice cream trucks in town.

Mundelein restaurant gets village grant

Jan 09 2018 | 1:45 pm - A Mundelein restaurant is the latest recipient of a village grant program designed to help local businesses improve their properties.

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