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 Stevenson shift entire year for early finals?

May 23 2015 | 7:02 am - Stevenson High School officials are considering adjusting future school calendars so students can take first-semester final exams before winter break. The move would require the school year to start earlier than normal. Several other area districts...

Deal could keep Bliss Wine & Gifts open in downtown Wauconda

May 22 2015 | 4:08 pm - A popular wine shop in downtown Wauconda may not be closing as planned, the store’s co-owner announced. Maria Weisbruch said she has tentatively struck a deal to sell Bliss Wine & Gifts, 201 S. Main St., and keep it open. It was slated to...

Cook Memorial libraries get new director

May 20 2015 | 4:24 pm - The Cook Memorial Public Library District board has tapped a veteran employee to be the agency’s new director.

Wauconda board puts limits on mayor’s e-newsletter

May 20 2015 | 1:10 am - Unhappy with the content of some of Mayor Frank Bart’s electronic newsletters to residents, trustees on Tuesday approved a plan to reduce their frequency.

Wauconda Police Chief Patrick Yost to retire in July

May 20 2015 | 3:47 pm - Wauconda Police Chief Patrick Yost will retire when his contract expires in July, officials announced Wednesday. Yost has led the police department since August 2013. He told trustees of his plans to retire during a closed-door meeting Tuesday...

Mundelein headed to court to force repairs at the former Central Hotel building

May 18 2015 | 5:01 pm - Mundelein officials again are battling the mysterious owners of the downtown building formerly known as the Central Hotel. Village officials are taking the matter to court to force the owners to make repairs. “(We want to) solve the violation...

Lincolnshire principal named top educational leader

May 14 2015 | 4:11 pm - Lincolnshire's Sprauge Elementary School had reason to celebrate Thursday as Principal Christine Adler received the Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award, given annually to an outstanding school leader by the Golden Apple Foundation.

Mundelein’s Hawley Lake Plaza could be headed for redevelopment

May 13 2015 | 6:23 pm - Mundelein officials have struck a tax-sharing deal that could lead to the redevelopment of one of the town’s biggest commercial eyesores. The agreement paves the way for improvements at the Hawley Lake Plaza, an L-shaped center at Route 45...

Stevenson High launches app for students, parents

May 13 2015 | 6:17 pm - Stevenson High School students and parents can use a new mobile app to check grades, add money to lunch accounts, get assignments and take care of other important tasks. The software has been in the works since early 2013.

Mundelein High School officials celebrate construction project

May 13 2015 | 12:16 am - Mundelein High School officials gathered Tuesday for to celebrate the pending construction of a $23.7 million addition to the Hawley Street campus.

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