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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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Wauconda merchants upset about events’ impact on parking, access

Aug 20 2014 | 5:30 pm - Car shows, a farmers market and an annual music-and-food festival have brought people to downtown Wauconda this summer — but they’ve also got some local business owners steaming. They say temporary street and public parking lot...

New principal greets Vernon Hills High School students

Aug 20 2014 | 4:20 pm - Students arrived for the first day of classes at Vernon Hills High School on Wednesday — and so did new principal Jon Guillaume. “To have 1,330 kids fill our halls feels good and right,” he said.

Engineers to study Wauconda roads, suggest repairs

Aug 19 2014 | 11:56 pm - Wauconda officials on Tuesday hired an engineer to examine the village's streets and determine what repairs are needed on which roads.

Lindenhurst boy dies after three-vehicle crash in Wisconsin

Aug 20 2014 | 5:40 pm - Wisconsin authorities say a 9-year-old Lindenhurst boy has died after a three-vehicle accident last week. Officials said Ilan Hurtado died Tuesday from injuries suffered in the Aug. 15 crash in the town of Beaver Dam. He was in a car driven by a...

Trustees, residents want to settle Wauconda 911 dispatch center issue

Aug 20 2014 | 12:57 pm - A small group of residents and some Wauconda village trustees and complained about the unresolved proposal to outsource 911 services. “I think it has dragged on too long,” Trustee Linda Starkey said. “I think the board should...

Mundelein High superintendent touts STEM expansion

Aug 18 2014 | 10:29 am - Mundelein High School officials aren't just talking about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math education for today's youth. They're putting their money where their mouths are by planning a $23.6 million expansion dedicated to...

Outdoor water use ban imposed in Lincolnshire

Aug 18 2014 | 4:13 pm - An outdoor watering ban in Lincolnshire was announced Monday, effective immediately.

District 118 board to honor former member Thomas A. Weber Sr.

Aug 18 2014 | 3:07 pm - The Wauconda Unit District 118 school board will posthumously honor former member Thomas A. Weber Sr. this week. Weber, 65, of Wauconda, suffered a fatal stroke in May.

Cardboard boat racing set for Wauconda

Aug 15 2014 | 1:01 pm - A cardboard boat race that benefits the Bangs Lake Advisory Committee will be held in Wauconda on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Island Lake won’t have to return $239,000 state grant for park, according to settlement

Aug 15 2014 | 5:17 pm - Despite complaints of financial abuse and other allegations, Island Lake officials won’t have to return a $239,000 state grant issued in 1992 for the purchase of Greenleaf Woods Park. Instead, village officials must promise that three of the...

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