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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Lincolnshire’s Spring Lake Park may get second water slide

Apr 18 2015 | 5:54 pm - Kids who frolic in Lincolnshire’s Spring Lake Park could find a second water slide there this summer, officials said.

Island Lake expenses, income holding steady

Apr 17 2015 | 6:03 am - Island Lake officials are finalizing a $7.6 mlllion budget for the 2016 fiscal year, which starts May 1.

Work begins on $23.7 million Mundelein High School expansion project

Apr 16 2015 | 1:46 am - Thirteen years in the making, a $23.7 million expansion project has begun at Mundelein High School. Crews on Wednesday started a project that will result in the creation of a three-story wing dedicated to science, technology, engineering and math...

Mundelein businesses face fines under sweeping new sign rules

Apr 14 2015 | 4:13 pm - Many Mundelein merchants may have to change the signs on their facades, awnings or windows within five years or face fines under sweeping new rules. The regulations were approved by the village board Monday after nearly two years of discussions.

Rauner reform plan fails to gain Mundelein’s support

Apr 14 2015 | 6:23 pm - Gov. Bruce Rauner's controversial plan to improve Illinois' poor financial outlook failed to gain initial support in Mundelein this week. Rather than voting to support what Rauner has dubbed his "turnaround agenda," trustees on Monday opted to put a...

Popular downtown Wauconda wine shop to close in May

Apr 13 2015 | 7:53 pm - A prominent retail store in downtown Wauconda will close next month, its owner has announced. Bliss Wine & Gifts owner Maria Weisbruch said she is closing the business because she wants to spend more time with her family.

Mundelein to expand public art project

Apr 11 2015 | 5:13 pm - A public art project in Mundelein will expand this summer, and organizers want the community's help creating it.

New labor deal for Wauconda public works employees

Apr 10 2015 | 5:26 pm - Wauconda's public works employees have a new labor contract that calls for a pay freeze the first year and modest salary increases over the next four. The village board approved the deal this week.

Island Lake buying land for new park

Apr 09 2015 | 11:19 pm - With plans to build a new park, Island Lake officials on Thursday agreed to buy vacant land from one of the town's former mayors.

Hawthorn Woods boy receives ‘consolation prize’ for his winning ESPN basketball contest bracket

Apr 09 2015 | 6:46 pm - The Hawthorn Woods boy who had one of the two best entries in ESPN’s college basketball bracket challenge but couldn’t win a prize because he was too young to enter the contest wound up with a prize anyway. Sam Holtz and his family...

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