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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Security cameras coming to Vernon Hills Athletic Complex

Sep 22 2017 | 4:49 pm - Stevenson High School District 125 officials are adding security cameras to the portion of the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex they oversee.

Large memorial donations provide lift to Mundelein High athletics

Sep 21 2017 | 5:10 pm - A $100,000 memorial donation that funded the renovation of Mundelein High School’s weight room likely is the largest monetary gift in the school’s 56-year history, officials said.

Suburbanites with family in Hurricane Maria’s path describe ‘hopelessness’

Sep 19 2017 | 6:39 pm - State Rep. Fred Crespo worries for his relatives in Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria bears down on the island.

Activist running for Yingling’s House seat in Lake County

Sep 18 2017 | 4:15 pm - Ingleside activist Denise Rotheimer has announced she’s once again running for elected office — this time a state House seat.

Mundelein’s old village hall up for sale

Sep 17 2017 | 10:48 pm - Mundelein officials are seeking a buyer for the former village hall building on Hawley Street. The building has sat largely vacant since officials moved into a new village hall in 2014.

Mundelein High students raising money for hurricane victims

Sep 18 2017 | 4:20 pm - Mundelein High School students have turned this week’s homecoming festivities into a benefit for the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Indoor seating allowed for GRIL eatery at Mundelein industrial park

Sep 15 2017 | 6:20 pm - A popular Mundelein takeout sandwich shop has received permission from the village board to offer indoor customer seating.

Mundelein police, fire departments score high in community survey

Sep 14 2017 | 4:37 pm - Mundelein’s police and fire departments notched high marks in a recent community survey about village services.

Mundelein High School coach fired following sex assault charges

Sep 13 2017 | 1:44 pm - A Mundelein High School employee accused of having a sexual relationship with a student has been fired.

How Mundelein educator teaches 9/11 to students too young to remember it

Sep 11 2017 | 9:07 am - Mundelein High School history teacher Nicole Malham remembers the Sept. 11 attacks, but her students don't. Here's how she teaches them about a terrible day she says will affect U.S. foreign policy for years to come.

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