Lee Filas

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Lee Filas was named the Daily Herald's first early morning web reporter in July 2008 after working for eight years as a staff writer. In his Dawn Patrol position, Filas searches for and posts early-morning breaking news stories and alerts to the dailyherald.com website. He also covers local government beats in Fox Lake, Lakemoor and Volo.

During his reporting career, he has covered local government beats in Fox Lake, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Hawthorn Woods, Lake Villa, Volo, Lakemoor, Wauconda, Island Lake, Hanover Park, Streamwood and Bartlett at various times throughout his 10 years at the Daily Herald. Filas was part of a team of journalists awarded a Peter Lisagor Award in 2010 for breaking news coverage of the escape, manhunt and capture of convicted robber Robert Maday. He was also nominated for a second Lisagor for his role in the coverage after three members of the Finnerty family perished in a suicidal blaze in Arlington Heights. He has also participated in coverage of the arrest of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in December 2008, the sudden closure of Bennigan's in the United States in July 2008, and the murder of Marina Aksman in April 2010 that led to a nationwide manhunt for the suspect.

Prior to joining the Daily Herald, Filas worked has served stints at the Northwest Herald, the Chicago Tribune, Pioneer Press and Lakeland Newspapers. He was a frequent guest on the morning show at WXLC 102.3 to discuss breaking news stories. Filas graduated in 1993 from Columbia College in Chicago with an English major and film minor.

Filas spent his early life in Niles before moving to Wonder Lake in his teen years. He is married with two children, and is living in unincorporated Lake County. His passion is building haunted houses, and is the co-creator and general manager of X-Treme Haunting's Haunted House in Fox Lake, a venture he started in 2002 with a friend. The business has been named one of the top haunted houses in Illinois by hauntedillinois.com since 2007.

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Antioch residents face marijuana charges

Aug 26 2016 | 1:05 pm - Two Antioch residence have been arrested and charged for growing marijuana plants in their attic, authorities said.

Dawn Patrol: Elgin cleric pleads guilty to sex abuse

Aug 26 2016 | 6:02 am - Elgin cleric pleads guilty to sexually abusing school employee, student. State redistricting referendum won’t be on November ballot. Carol Stream’s Grunt Style aims to help veterans heal after war. Up to 70 percent of students still...

Dawn Patrol: Charity collecting for earthquake victims

Aug 25 2016 | 6:01 am - Suburban charity collecting for Italian quake victims. Break-in at Libertyville gun shop linked to Des Plaines attempt. Wheeling man accused of molesting two former neighbors. Dist. 13 OKs teachers contract. Barrington gets key underpass funding...

Fox Lake pension board delays Gliniewicz hearings

Aug 25 2016 | 5:35 pm - The Fox Lake pension board has agreed to delay pension hearings for the widow of Lt. Joe Gliniewicz until after her criminal case is completed.

Two charged with running Waukegan drug lab

Aug 25 2016 | 3:42 pm - Two Waukegan residents face charges for running an illicit drug manufacturing lab out of their apartment, authorities said.

Dawn Patrol: Break-in at Libertyville gun shop; 2 bank robberies

Aug 24 2016 | 5:59 am - Libertyville gun shop plans to increase security after break-in; Amtrak train strikes pedestrian in Hinsdale; FBI searching for suspects in bank robberies; Des Plaines house fire causes $200k in damage; does Kmart reopening offer hope for Sears?...

Zion man charged in crash that killed Hainesville woman

Aug 24 2016 | 4:22 pm - A Zion man has been charged with multiple counts of aggravated driving under the influence for a May accident that resulted in the death of a Hainesville woman.

Two in custody for running drug lab in Waukegan

Aug 24 2016 | 2:40 pm - Two people in custody for running illegal narcotics lab in Waukegan apartment complex, authorities said.

Dawn Patrol: Heyward returns to help Cubs beat San Diego

Aug 23 2016 | 5:53 am - Heyward return to help Cubs beat San Diego. Trial begins for Round Lake woman charged with animal cruelty. Chemical leak sickens 14 in Sugar Grove. Crystal Lake collision seriously injures SUV driver. Lombard woman pleads not guilty to running over...

One dead in rollover crash in Kane County

Aug 23 2016 | 5:15 pm - One person was killed in a rollover crash in unincorporated Kane County early Tuesday, authorities said.

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