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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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Mundelein High students using laptops in all classes for new tech initiative

Aug 31 2014 | 6:43 am - Starting this school year, all 2,110 Mundelein High students have personal laptop computers to use on campus, at home or wherever they choose to do schoolwork. Many students are excited about the new tech, saying they help them stay organized and...

Survey planned for Cook Memorial library patrons

Aug 30 2014 | 7:44 am - Cook Memorial Public Library District residents will be surveyed about their library habits and their opinions of the district's facilities in September.

Plethora of questions on Lake County ballots in November

Aug 29 2014 | 1:04 pm - Residents in Antioch, Antioch Township,the Grayslake area, Lake Zurich, the Round Lake area and Wauconda will face local tax-related questions on ballots when they vote Nov. 4.

Warrant issued for Gavin South teacher charged with sex crimes

Aug 30 2014 | 10:42 am - An arrest warrant has been issued for a Gavin South Middle School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student. Michael R. Vucic, 41, of the 100 block of East Laurel Avenue in Lake Forest, is charged in the warrant with five counts of predatory...

Island Lake officials still trying to resolve issue with sergeants’ promotions

Aug 28 2014 | 2:20 pm - Island Lake officials are still trying to decide how to deal with two police sergeants who may have been promoted to that rank improperly. “The commission must come up with a procedure to deal with the people improperly placed in positions by...

Resident nominated for open trustee seat on Island Lake board

Aug 27 2014 | 4:04 pm - Longtime Island Lake resident John Burke is set to be named the village's newest trustee Thursday. He'll replace Shannon Fox, who recently resigned. “I love the town,” Burke said.

Dist. 128 board adopts $84.5 million budget after residents complain

Aug 27 2014 | 9:16 am - After spending weeks whittling down planned expenses, the Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board has approved an $84.5 million annual budget. The budget cuts totaled about $1.5 million and were made in a variety of categories,...

Mundelein could sue over Grayslake annexation, trucking plan

Aug 26 2014 | 4:42 pm - Mundelein officials may go to court to stop a truck terminal from being built on newly annexed land in neighboring Grayslake. Mundelein’s village board on Monday authorized its attorneys to file a lawsuit against Grayslake and Saia Inc., the...

Brainerd demolition contract vote delayed

Aug 26 2014 | 1:49 am - The Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board on Monday delayed hiring a company to demolish the Brainerd Building and Jackson Gym — but it’s hardly a stay of execution for the historic buildings. A Michigan firm...

Trustees, residents want to settle Wauconda 911 dispatch center issue

Aug 20 2014 | 12:57 pm - A small group of residents and some Wauconda village trustees and complained about the unresolved proposal to outsource 911 services. “I think it has dragged on too long,” Trustee Linda Starkey said. “I think the board should...

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