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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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Fremont Public Library board seeks to fill 2 vacancies

May 22 2017 | 4:25 pm - A trustee with the Fremont Public Library District in Mundelein has resigned, and another is preparing to quit the board,

Time to sink or float at Stevenson High cardboard regatta

May 23 2017 | 5:56 am - Students in Stevenson High School’s Advanced Placement physics classes tested their maritime skills Monday with an annual cardboard boat regatta.

New Phil’s Beach could be a ‘crown jewel’ for Wauconda

May 20 2017 | 5:47 pm - A splash park, floating play platforms and a picnic pavilion are among the amenities proposed for the re-imagined Phil’s Beach in Wauconda.

Kim lands Vernon Township job after losing Mundelein mayor’s race

May 19 2017 | 2:39 pm - Weeks after losing the Mundelein mayor’s race, ex-trustee Holly Kim has landed a $60,000-a-year job with Vernon Township.

Takeout restaurant specializing in grilled cheese sandwiches opens in Mundelein

May 18 2017 | 7:09 pm - A new restaurant specializing in grilled cheese sandwiches opened this week in Mundelein — and it’s already proving to be a hit.

Island Lake officials working to balance budget

May 17 2017 | 4:20 pm - Island Lake officials are trying to balance the proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year, and they’re nearly there.

$28 million Stevenson addition aims to ‘reinvent’ the classroom

May 15 2017 | 11:47 pm - The three-story addition planned for Lincolnshire’s Stevenson High School may defy the usual expectations for a school building. “Not only did this addition need to provide space for our faculty to teach students in a manner consistent...

Stevenson High officials weighing $135.8 million budget

May 15 2017 | 11:47 pm - Stevenson High School officials are preparing a $135.8 million budget for the 2018 fiscal year. It’s significantly larger than the roughly $118 million spending plan for the current fiscal year, primarily because of a planned expansion of the...

Island Lake bans new video gambling permits

May 12 2017 | 4:59 pm - Trying to stop the local expansion of video gambling, Island Lake officials have pledged to cease issuing permits for the machines.

Stevenson High School to buy land next to campus

May 11 2017 | 8:04 pm - Stevenson High School officials plan to buy a nearby residential property to ease the planned construction of a turn lane.

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