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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 man wants to buy portion of village road

Jul 23 2014 | 5:20 pm - An Island Lake man wants to buy a portion of a village street that leads to his property, and he'll try to win over trustees with a presentation Thursday night.

Friends gather at Grayslake Central to honor teen who drowned

Jul 23 2014 | 5:09 am - Friends of 16-year-old Grayslake Central High School student Matt Reed who drowned in Third Lake honored the teen Tuesday by releasing green and white helium-filled balloons matching the school’s colors. Reed’s basketball coach, Brian...

Upcoming Dist. 128 budget sligthly leaner than this year

Jul 21 2014 | 2:32 pm - The Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board is considering an $83.8 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which began July 1.

Grayslake Central student's body found in Third Lake

Jul 22 2014 | 8:50 am - The body of incoming Grayslake Central High School junior Matt Reed was pulled from the water of Third Lake Monday evening, authorities said. Reed had been on a pontoon boat Monday afternoon with six friends when they went into the water for a swim,...

Island Lake officials investigating three police promotions

Jul 18 2014 | 1:06 pm - Island Lake officials are investigating if the town’s three police sergeants were promoted to that rank properly. The three officers — David Walz, Nick Deuter and Garrett Schmoeller — still have their stripes and remain on the job,...

Island Lake officials keep promise to reduce legal bills

Jul 14 2014 | 11:41 am - In office now for more than a year, Island Lake Mayor Charles Amrich and his allies are keeping a campaign promise by holding the line on the village's legal bills. “We did tighten our belts here a little bit,” Amrich said. “We've...

Former pro pitcher Gloria 'Tippy' Schweigerdt dies

Jul 11 2014 | 6:01 pm - Not many young men learn how to throw a curveball from their moms. But that's exactly what Gloria “Tippy” Schweigerdt did with her son, Gordon. Schweigerdt had some experience on the mound — she pitched in the All-American Girls...

Company wants to turn vacant storefront in Island Lake into gambling parlor

Jul 11 2014 | 4:09 pm - A company that runs video gambling operations throughout Illinois has its eye on Island Lake. Representatives of Laredo Hospitality spoke during Thursday’s village board meeting about opening a facility in a vacant storefront on Route 176...

Competition, music part of 51st annual rodeo

Jul 08 2014 | 1:10 pm - Staged by the Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce, the 51st IPRA Championship Wauconda Rodeo rodeo will be held at the Golden Oaks Rodeo Grounds, which is on Rand Road at Case Road. In addition to riding and roping competitions, live music,...

Wauconda remembers 'The Blues Brothers' shot in town 35 years ago

Jul 10 2014 | 5:42 am - A mission from God brought Dan Akyroyd and John Belushi to Wauconda in July 1979. Thirty-five years later, locals who were there remember "The Blues Brothers" coming to town. “The village was crazy busy,” said Wauconda resident Jayne...

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