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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Should Mundelein’s village clerk be appointed or elected? Voters will decide

Nov 24 2015 | 4:59 pm - For the second time in two years, Mundelein voters in March will decide if the village clerk should be an elected or appointed post. In 2013, voters decided to keep it an elected position.

Mundelein trustee tells residents complaining about snow removal to ‘drive less’

Nov 24 2015 | 9:32 pm - In a Facebook post Tuesday morning, Mundelein Trustee Dakotah Norton lashed out at residents complaining about the quality of local roads after Saturday’s snowstorm, telling them to “drive less.”

Lake County board, state races emerge on first day of filing

Nov 23 2015 | 6:35 pm - Races for the Lake County Board and a pair of state legislature seats serving the county emerged Monday as candidates began filing for spots on the 2016 ballot.

Plan for cellular antenna opposed in Mundelein

Nov 20 2015 | 4:15 pm - Verizon wants to erect a cellular antenna on land owned by a Mundelein church called the Chapel. Some neighbors oppose the plan.

Grass Lake District 36 to freeze tax levy after complaints

Nov 19 2015 | 3:40 pm - Grass Lake Elementary District 36 officials have tentatively decided to freeze the amount of taxes they'll collect from local property owners in 2016. The move is a response to concerns from the communty about the district's finances.

Mundelein-area residents pack meeting on widening little road

Nov 18 2015 | 12:43 am - About 100 people packed into a meeting room to learn about a controversial proposal to relocate and widen a small residential street in Fremont Township.

Mundelein High to stock anti-overdose drug

Nov 18 2015 | 5:12 pm - Concerned about the region’s worsening heroin problem, Mundelein High School officials have decided to stock drugs designed to quickly reverse opiate overdoses.

Someone kills up to 250,000 bees used for honey in Lincolnshire

Nov 17 2015 | 5:19 pm - In a case police are calling "bizarre," someone used a pest-control spray to kill thousands of honeybees at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort.

Wauconda officials to discuss dispatch center offers

Nov 16 2015 | 5:11 pm - Wauconda officials will review two proposals for 911 dispatch service at a pair of committee meetings this week.

Dist. 128 to seek $4 million less in tax money

Nov 17 2015 | 12:10 am - Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 is lowering the amount of tax money it will collect from property owners in 2016 by about $4 million. “We’re reducing the burden for the taxpayer,” said Yasmine Dada, the...

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