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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Hawthorn Elementary District 73 teachers and other unionized employees get new contract

Mar 26 2015 | 11:58 am - Hawthorn Elementary District 73 teachers and school board members have agreed to a new, three-year contract, officials said in a statement. The deal, which also applies to custodians and other unionized employees, calls for average pay increases of...

Stevenson High School fans gather to celebrate state boys basketball title

Mar 26 2015 | 2:53 pm - Students, staffers and parents packed Stevenson High School Thursday morning to celebrate the boys basketball team’s recent state title.

Mundelein candidates share ideas for boosting economy

Mar 25 2015 | 5:47 pm - Moving retail business in the village's downtown closer together to eliminate empty spaces and fining landlords that have vacant storefronts are just a couple of the ideas Mundelein village board candidates have for boosting the local economy.

Island Lake candidate concerned about transparency

Mar 24 2015 | 4:12 pm - Three of the candidates running for seats on Island Lake's village board believe the local government is more transparent that it was under the previous administration -- but a fourth still has concerns.

Could old Mundelein village hall become a restaurant?

Mar 24 2015 | 10:46 am - Could the Alpine-style building that until last year served as Mundelein's village hall be turned into an upscale restaurant?

State basketball finals to remain in Peoria, Normal

Mar 21 2015 | 7:42 pm - The Illinois High School Association board of directors voted Saturday to renew the current state final basketball contracts at Carver Arena in Peoria for boys and at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena in Normal for girls. The new...

Mount Prospect candidates discuss downtown, village’s finances at forum

Mar 21 2015 | 2:33 pm - Mount Prospect’s downtown area and the village’s finances were among the topics candidates for seats on the village board debated Saturday morning.

Juan Rivera gets $20M after three convictions: ‘I’m bitter, but I’m not angry’

Mar 21 2015 | 1:03 am - Juan Rivera — the subject of one of Illinois’ most notorious wrongful conviction cases — stands to receive $20 million from a newly settled lawsuit against the law-enforcement agencies that sent him to prison. “Yes,...

Officials celebrate demolition of low-income housing project, plans for new development

Mar 20 2015 | 12:45 pm - North Chicago officials and various other dignitaries gathered Friday morning to celebrate the pending demolition of the Marion Jones town house development, which will make way for a new affordable-housing complex.

Wauconda mayor touts financial savings in new report

Mar 18 2015 | 4:44 pm - Spending cuts and increased revenues have helped create a record financial surplus in Wauconda, Mayor Frank Bart has announced.

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