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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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Voters may decide on Wauconda Community Center expansion

Jul 28 2014 | 5:18 am - A $4.75 million expansion plan could nearly double the size of the Wauconda Community Center — but it would first need voter approval. The Wauconda Park District’s proposal calls for a 10,000-square-foot addition to the 21-year-old...

Island Lake man wants to buy portion of village road

Jul 23 2014 | 5:20 pm - An Island Lake man wants to buy a portion of a village street that leads to his property, and he'll try to win over trustees with a presentation Thursday night.

Friends gather at Grayslake Central to honor teen who drowned

Jul 23 2014 | 5:09 am - Friends of 16-year-old Grayslake Central High School student Matt Reed who drowned in Third Lake honored the teen Tuesday by releasing green and white helium-filled balloons matching the school’s colors. Reed’s basketball coach, Brian...

Upcoming Dist. 128 budget sligthly leaner than this year

Jul 21 2014 | 2:32 pm - The Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board is considering an $83.8 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which began July 1.

Grayslake Central student's body found in Third Lake

Jul 22 2014 | 8:50 am - The body of incoming Grayslake Central High School junior Matt Reed was pulled from the water of Third Lake Monday evening, authorities said. Reed had been on a pontoon boat Monday afternoon with six friends when they went into the water for a swim,...

Island Lake officials investigating three police promotions

Jul 18 2014 | 1:06 pm - Island Lake officials are investigating if the town’s three police sergeants were promoted to that rank properly. The three officers — David Walz, Nick Deuter and Garrett Schmoeller — still have their stripes and remain on the job,...

Island Lake officials keep promise to reduce legal bills

Jul 14 2014 | 11:41 am - In office now for more than a year, Island Lake Mayor Charles Amrich and his allies are keeping a campaign promise by holding the line on the village's legal bills. “We did tighten our belts here a little bit,” Amrich said. “We've...

Former pro pitcher Gloria 'Tippy' Schweigerdt dies

Jul 11 2014 | 6:01 pm - Not many young men learn how to throw a curveball from their moms. But that's exactly what Gloria “Tippy” Schweigerdt did with her son, Gordon. Schweigerdt had some experience on the mound — she pitched in the All-American Girls...

Company wants to turn vacant storefront in Island Lake into gambling parlor

Jul 11 2014 | 4:09 pm - A company that runs video gambling operations throughout Illinois has its eye on Island Lake. Representatives of Laredo Hospitality spoke during Thursday’s village board meeting about opening a facility in a vacant storefront on Route 176...

Wauconda remembers 'The Blues Brothers' shot in town 35 years ago

Jul 10 2014 | 5:42 am - A mission from God brought Dan Akyroyd and John Belushi to Wauconda in July 1979. Thirty-five years later, locals who were there remember "The Blues Brothers" coming to town. “The village was crazy busy,” said Wauconda resident Jayne...

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