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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Water district candidates differ on security

Sep 29 2016 | 11:59 pm - The candidates running to represent the North Shore Water Reclamation District’s 2nd Ward have dramatically differing opinions on the organization’s security precautions.

Make Island Lake beautiful, plant an iris

Sep 29 2016 | 2:21 pm - A botanical beautification project in Island Lake will get under way Saturday — but it’s already more successful than organizers envisioned.

Will Mundelein ban the sale of dogs from puppy mills?

Sep 27 2016 | 6:00 pm - Mundelein officials will investigate banning the sale of dogs from large-scale breeding operations ingloriously dubbed puppy mills.

Water district candidates spar over tenure

Sep 26 2016 | 6:27 pm - A Republican running for a seat on the North Shore Water Reclamation District board says his Democratic rival has been on the panel for too long. But the incumbent says his experience benefits the district’s customers.

Dold slams Iran nuke deal, Schneider says enforce it

Sep 25 2016 | 11:44 pm - Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Dold calls the United States’ nuclear agreement with Iran “a historic mistake.” His Democratic challenger, Brad Schneider, doesn’t like the deal either but says it must be enforced.

All-gender restrooms added to Libertyville High, Vernon Hills High

Sep 23 2016 | 3:58 pm - All-gender restrooms have been added to Libertyville and Vernon Hills high schools to accommodate transgender students and anyone who wants more privacy.

‘No threat’ after Wauconda High arrest

Sep 23 2016 | 8:24 pm - A Wauconda High School student was arrested Friday after sending a picture of a gun over social media, police said.

Will Mundelein High suspend the block schedule?

Sep 23 2016 | 3:42 pm - After two years of study, Mundelein High School officials next week will decide if they should ditch its unusual block bell schedule.

Recess advocates tell Grayslake board, ‘please let our children play’

Sep 21 2016 | 11:48 pm - Parents who want Grayslake Elementary District 46 students to have more recess time made their case to the school board Wednesday night.

Grayslake District 46 board approves $51 million budget

Sep 22 2016 | 4:18 pm - Grayslake Elementary School District 46’s new annual budget includes cash for computers, an improved wireless network and a better phone system, among other purchases.

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