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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10th Congressional hopefuls talk Obamacare

Feb 13 2016 | 5:26 am - Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering accuses Brad Schneider, her opponent in the 10th Congressional District Democratic primary, of voting to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act when he was in Congress in 2013; Schneider flatly denies the...

Mundelein High considering ending block schedule

Feb 11 2016 | 6:41 pm - Mundelein High School officials are considering changing the school’s block schedule, which calls for four periods each day instead of the traditional eight.

Lake Villa teachers file intent to strike

Feb 11 2016 | 5:31 pm - The labor union representing teachers in Lake Villa Elementary District 41 filed paperwork that brings the district closer to a strike, representatives announced.

Plan to redevelop Lincolnshire cineplex inches forward

Feb 10 2016 | 4:03 pm - Despite lingering questions from some village officials, a plan to raze half of Lincolnshire’s Regal Cinemas movie house and build a 302-unit apartment complex is moving forward.

Parking lot repaving, bathroom renovations planned for Stevenson High

Feb 09 2016 | 9:40 am - A parking lot repaving, bathroom renovations, and roof repairs are among the projects included in a $5.1 million construction package planned for Stevenson High School this summer.

Stevenson High to offer healthier lunch options in fall

Feb 09 2016 | 3:53 pm - With an eye on student health, Stevenson High School will offer students fresher and more diverse meal options this fall.

LED streetlights likely coming to Mundelein

Feb 05 2016 | 7:40 pm - More than a year after publicly proposing the project, Mundelein officials are set to replace hundreds of the village’s streetlights with energy efficient LED fixtures. On Monday night, trustees are expected to hire a firm to handle the swaps.

Dold is well funded, thanks to political action committees: FEC reports

Feb 04 2016 | 11:56 pm - Republican incumbent Robert Dold finished 2015 as the best-funded candidate for Illinois’ 10th Congressional District seat -- but he got to there with significant help from special interest groups, especially those in the banking industry,...

10th candidates talk guns in latest debate

Feb 03 2016 | 10:57 pm - Democratic congressional candidate Brad Schneider made gun violence the first issue of his debate with opponent Nancy Rotering Wednesday night at Stevenson High School.

Island Lake man accused of drug-induced homicide

Feb 05 2016 | 10:47 am - An Island Lake man has been charged in the overdose death of a Mundelein man in December, authorities announced Tuesday.

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