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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How Wauconda honored former cop who died of cancer

Sep 02 2015 | 12:15 pm - The Wauconda Police Department has retired the badge number of a former officer who died last year after a long battle with cancer.

Police hunting for 3 suspects after Fox Lake cop shot dead

Sep 02 2015 | 9:00 am - Veteran Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was killed early Tuesday, sparking a massive manhunt for three suspects.

Bender to serve as Wauconda’s interim police chief

Aug 31 2015 | 2:10 pm - Wauconda Deputy Police Chief Thomas Bender is set to lead the department after Chief Patrick Yost steps down this week.

Investigation continues into Lindenhurst crash

Aug 31 2015 | 6:04 pm - Lindenhurst police say they’re still trying to find out who was responsible for a two-vehicle accident that left a local man and his teenage daughter dead.

Stevenson High aiming for new world record

Aug 28 2015 | 11:53 am - Those do-gooders at Stevenson High School are at it again, raising money for charity through their annual Spirit Fest while simultaneously trying to get into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Third Ingleside crash victim identified

Aug 28 2015 | 5:02 pm - Authorities have identified the third person killed in a fiery Ingleside car crash as the younger brother of one of the other victims.

More parking coming to Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills

Aug 27 2015 | 5:15 pm - A much-anticipated parking lot expansion at the Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills is about to begin.

Fox Lake police chief to retire amid investigation

Aug 26 2015 | 5:06 pm - Already the subject of an internal village investigation, Fox Lake Police Chief Michael Behan has resigned, officials announced Wednesday.

Why Mundelein approved tax-sharing deal with developer

Aug 25 2015 | 12:31 am - Mundelein officials on Monday approved a tax-sharing deal they hope will lead to the renovation of a rundown shopping center on the edge of the downtown area.

Dist. 103 to unveil $13.3 million expansion plan

Aug 25 2015 | 6:06 pm - Lincolnshire-Prairie View District 103 will unveil a $13.3 million expansion plan that includes shifting some students to a different campus to address growing enrollment.

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