Fittest loser

Russell Lissau

Staff Writer

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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Libertyville school to issue laptops to students in fall

Apr 17 2014 | 11:08 pm - A Libertyville private school is the latest to launch a program that equips students with personal laptop computers. Starting this fall, all sixth- through eighth-grade students at St. Joseph Catholic School will be given Chromebook computers.

Suicide reported in Lake County jail

Apr 18 2014 | 5:35 pm - A Lake County jail inmate committed suicide early Friday, authorities said. Igor Karlukov, 36, was found hanging in his cell about 3 a.m., Undersheriff Raymond J. Rose said at a news conference.

Wauconda dispatchers get raises, but their future remains unclear

Apr 16 2014 | 12:21 am - The fate of their jobs remains unknown, but Wauconda’s police dispatchers received 2-percent pay raises on Tuesday.

Lake County GOP chooses new leader

Apr 16 2014 | 9:59 pm - Lake County’s Republican Party has a new leader. Former Warren Township GOP Chairman Mike Amrozowicz unseated Wauconda Township’s Bob Cook during the party’s biennial convention at the Midlane Golf Resort in Wadsworth.

Nomination could double commission stipend for Amrich campaign supporter

Apr 15 2014 | 4:19 pm - A politically connected Island Lake resident who last week was named to a paid position on the village's fire and police commission has been nominated to serve as its secretary, which would double her stipend for service, records show.

Despite earlier setback, Wauconda water plans moving forward

Apr 11 2014 | 4:36 pm - Wauconda’s renewed quest for Lake Michigan drinking water continues to sail forward through once-choppy waters. The Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency’s executive committee has agreed to send Wauconda’s request for...

Island Lake sets budget for fireworks at $17,700

Apr 11 2014 | 1:44 pm - Despite concerns about the village's finances, Island Lake officials have agreed to spend up to $17,700 on a fireworks show this summer.

Amrich campaign supporter gets Island Lake commission post

Apr 10 2014 | 9:36 pm - One of Island Lake Mayor Charles Amrich’s biggest campaign supporters was appointed to a paid position on the town’s police and fire commission Thursday.

2 different portraits painted of man killed by police

Apr 10 2014 | 9:16 am - Friends are mourning the death of 36-year-old John T. Nightingale, who was shot by Wauconda police Monday. They called him generous and a good man. His ex-wife painted a very different picture. “He used to call me his second mom,” she...

Wauconda Mayor: I won't serve on water board

Apr 09 2014 | 12:25 pm - Days after he was the target of scathing criticism from the leader of the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency board, Wauconda Mayor Frank Bart on Tuesday insisted he won't be the town's representative if it's invited to join the agency.

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