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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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Should backyard chickens be allowed in Wauconda?

Jul 30 2016 | 4:01 am - Wauconda officials are investigating whether to allow people to keep chickens in their backyards.

Ice cream trucks allowed in Mundelein after 53-year ban

Jul 28 2016 | 9:56 am - Forbidden for 53 years, ice cream trucks and their familiar, jingly melodies are once again welcome in Mundelein.

Gurnee fire leader: Massive propane plant fire explosion averted

Jul 29 2016 | 7:57 am - Crews from 30 suburban fire departments battled a blaze at a Gurnee propane gas business, where witnesses said they heard explosions and saw tanks flying through the air “like popcorn.”

Defense secretary renews support of LGBT troops at Great Lakes visit

Jul 28 2016 | 4:50 pm - During a visit to the Great Lakes Naval Training Center on Thursday, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter renewed his support of gay, lesbians and transgendered people serving in the military.

Mundelein High educators critical of block schedule

Jul 27 2016 | 12:40 am - Educators studying the pros and cons of Mundelein High School’s unusual block schedule came out strongly against the scheme during a special school board meeting Tuesday.

Millions for pool, gym included in proposed District 128 budget

Jul 26 2016 | 3:35 pm - The projects haven’t yet been approved, but $8 million is being budgeted for a new swimming pool at Libertyville High and a new gym at Vernon Hills High.

District 128 officials: Reserves could be gone in 6 years

Jul 25 2016 | 9:21 pm - Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 officials are concerned continued deficit spending is going to eat up the district’s $81 million reserve fund in six or seven years.

Mundelein High officials may tweak bell schedule

Jul 22 2016 | 10:43 pm - Mundelein High School officials are considering changing the bell schedule but not what time school starts each day.

Thank 7-year-old for new Little Free Library in Hawthorn Woods

Jul 22 2016 | 9:40 am - Thanks to a 7-year-old girl who wanted to share her love of reading with her neighbors, Hawthorn Woods residents have a new place to get free books.

Island Lake emergency clinic opening larger facility in town

Jul 22 2016 | 11:59 am - An Island Lake emergency medical clinic is planning to relocate to a new — and much larger — facility in the same part of town.

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