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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Oct 06 2015 | 6:54 am - Cubs playoff tickets in Pittsburgh a third of the Chicago prices. COD classes to resume after bomb scare. John Wredling, former St. Charles school leader, dies at 101. District 156 teachers return to picket lines in McHenry. Advocate Condell to end...

Dawn Patrol: Grayslake-area church shows resilience after crash; Cubs headed to Pittsburgh

Oct 05 2015 | 5:49 am - Grayslake-area church shows resilience a day after car plowed into building. Bail set for Naperville man accused of having more than 300 child porn videos. Worshippers stunned by priest's ouster. Cutler, Gould give Bears something to celebrate. Cubs...

Former Bear Desmond Clark, wife plead not guilty to disorderly conduct charges

Oct 02 2015 | 2:48 pm - Former Chicago Bear Desmond Clark and his wife, Maria, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct in Lake County court this week.

Former Round Lake Beach cop pleads guilty to theft

Oct 02 2015 | 7:53 pm - A former Round Lake Beach police officer has pleaded guily to theft by deception, records show. He was sentenced to probation and community service.

Dawn Patrol: Hanover Park trustee resigns; tension in Woodland Dist. 50

Oct 02 2015 | 5:51 am - Lombard man found guilty after car strikes, kills Crystal Lake South grad. 5 years in prison for former Villa Park Islamic Foundation finance chief. Hanover Park Trustee Ed Zimel resigns from village board. Former DuPage forest exec convicted of...

Judge won’t reduce bail for man accused of killing ex-wife in Gurnee

Oct 02 2015 | 12:03 pm - A Lake County judge refused to reduce the $3 million bail for a man accused of killing his ex-wife during a struggle at her Gurnee house.

One person injured in rollover accident in Fox Lake

Oct 02 2015 | 8:57 am - One person was injured in a rollover accident on Route 173 near Wilmot Road today.

McHenry high schools closed amid teachers strike

Oct 01 2015 | 4:38 pm - McHenry High School District 156 schools are closed after teachers went on strike early Thursday morning. The two sides were far apart on pay.

Exclusive: Gliniewicz task force chief cites unknown DNA, possible getaways

Oct 01 2015 | 7:21 am - Lake County Task Force Cmdr. George Filenko said during an exclusive interview with the Daily Herald that nine different DNA strands have been recovered from where Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was shot and killed, and backup might...

Gliniewicz killed with own gun after struggle, authorities say

Oct 01 2015 | 4:30 pm - Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was killed by the second of two gunshots fired from his own .40-caliber weapon, the head of the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force said during a news conference Thursday. Cmdr. George Filenko also said...

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