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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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Fire badly damages South Elgin KinderCare

Mar 29 2017 | 10:04 am - A South Elgin day care facility was badly damaged by a fire early Wednesday.

New nursing home gets go-ahead votes in Mundelein

Mar 28 2017 | 5:06 pm - Mundelein officials have approved plans for a new $30 million nursing home that will replace a formerly county-run facility in neighboring Libertyville.

Incentive package brings Ulta to Mundelein Crossings

Mar 28 2017 | 5:09 pm - An Ulta beauty supply store store is headed to Mundelein, thanks to financial incentives approved Monday by the village board.

Mundelein candidates debate budget cuts and increases

Mar 27 2017 | 2:39 pm - The candidates for seats on Mundelein’s village board debated possible spending cuts — and spending increases — during a discussion of the town’s $55 million budget.

Mundelein mayoral candidates talk financial outlook, possible cuts

Mar 24 2017 | 4:58 pm - Two of Mundelein’s mayoral candidates said cuts to services or staff salaries may be needed if the General Assembly freezes property taxes or reduces the local share of state revenue.

Aspen Drive Library expansion plans taking shape

Mar 24 2017 | 5:28 pm - Plans to expand the Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills continue to take shape.

Lake County crash victim identified as Grayslake man

Mar 23 2017 | 5:45 pm - A 77-year-old man killed in a car crash Wednesday in central Lake County was indentified Thursday as Richard Pearson of Grayslake.

Fremont library launches seed program for gardeners

Mar 23 2017 | 5:27 pm - Starting this spring, Mundelein-area gardeners can get free seeds for vegetables, herbs, flowers and native plants from the Fremont Public Library.

Proposed $26.1M Wauconda budget includes $7.5M for Lake Michigan water

Mar 22 2017 | 2:00 pm - Wauconda officials are considering a $26.1 million budget, with more than a quarter of that sum set aside for the ongoing project to bring Lake Michigan water to the village.

Dist. 128 candidate wants contracts reviewed

Mar 20 2017 | 4:13 pm - A candidate for the Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board said officials need to examine administrative salaries and benefits for potential spending cuts.

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