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Russell Lissau

Staff Writer
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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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Rules coming for sidewalk dining in Mundelein

Apr 26 2018 | 3:44 pm - Mundelein officials are formalizing rules for restaurateurs who want to offer sidewalk dining.

Mundelein adds six long-term parking spots at Metra station

Apr 25 2018 | 3:05 pm - Six parking spots at Mundelein’s Metra train station will be reserved for long-term parking starting Tuesday.

'It is kind of like putting lipstick on a pig.' Mundelein trustee objects to new signs for village

Apr 26 2018 | 6:05 am - Despite some strong objections, Mundelein officials will spend $347,930 to install nine new gateway signs at key spots throughout the village.

Veteran Palatine firefighter joins Mundelein department as deputy chief

Apr 23 2018 | 10:55 pm - A veteran Palatine firefighter has joined the Mundelein Fire Department as its newest deputy chief. Darren Brents was sworn in during Monday night’s village board meeting, but he actually started in Mundelein April 2.

Plea deals reached in District 128 perjury cases

Apr 23 2018 | 4:46 pm - A former Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board member and a district employee charged with lying on 2017 election petitions pleaded guilty Monday to reduced charges of violating election law.

New takeout restaurant opens in Mundelein

Apr 21 2018 | 5:59 pm - A new takeout and delivery restaurant serving Italian dishes with Mexican influences has launched in Mundelein.

Name of woman killed in Volo car crash released

Apr 20 2018 | 8:43 pm - A Round Lake Park woman was identified as the person killed Wednesday in a car crash in Volo, the Lake County coroner’s office announced Friday.

Lincolnshire board to appoint new trustee Monday

Apr 20 2018 | 4:00 pm - Lincolnshire trustees on Monday are set to appoint a local resident to join their ranks.

Retired suburban priest dies

Apr 20 2018 | 1:59 pm - A retired priest who served parishes in Wauconda, Lake Zurich and other communities has died.

No more overdue fines at Mundelein’s Fremont Public Library

Apr 19 2018 | 3:25 pm - Effective this week, patrons of the Fremont Public Library in Mundelein no longer will be charged fines for overdue books, DVDs or most other items.

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