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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Parking lot repaving, bathroom renovations planned for Stevenson High

Feb 09 2016 | 9:40 am - A parking lot repaving, bathroom renovations, and roof repairs are among the projects included in a $5.1 million construction package planned for Stevenson High School this summer.

Stevenson High to offer healthier lunch options in fall

Feb 09 2016 | 3:53 pm - With an eye on student health, Stevenson High School will offer students fresher and more diverse meal options this fall.

LED streetlights likely coming to Mundelein

Feb 05 2016 | 7:40 pm - More than a year after publicly proposing the project, Mundelein officials are set to replace hundreds of the village’s streetlights with energy efficient LED fixtures. On Monday night, trustees are expected to hire a firm to handle the swaps.

Dold is well funded, thanks to political action committees: FEC reports

Feb 04 2016 | 11:56 pm - Republican incumbent Robert Dold finished 2015 as the best-funded candidate for Illinois’ 10th Congressional District seat -- but he got to there with significant help from special interest groups, especially those in the banking industry,...

10th candidates talk guns in latest debate

Feb 03 2016 | 10:57 pm - Democratic congressional candidate Brad Schneider made gun violence the first issue of his debate with opponent Nancy Rotering Wednesday night at Stevenson High School.

10th Congressional hopefuls Rotering, Schneider spar over Iran

Feb 02 2016 | 9:42 pm - The Democrats running to represent Illinois 10th Congressional District faced off on the Iran nuclear deal and other issues Tuesday night during a debate in Deerfield.

Island Lake man accused of drug-induced homicide

Feb 05 2016 | 10:47 am - An Island Lake man has been charged in the overdose death of a Mundelein man in December, authorities announced Tuesday.

District 128 again looking at new pool, gym

Feb 05 2016 | 10:32 am - Plans to build a new swimming pool at Libertyville High School and a second gymnasium at Vernon Hills High are back on the table.

10th congressional candidates scheduled for 6 public debates

Jan 29 2016 | 3:59 pm - The Democrats vying to represent Illinois’ 10th Congressional District are set to face off in six head-to-head public forums ahead of the March 15 primary.

Wauconda residents can order trash pickup of paint, electronics, more

Jan 29 2016 | 4:14 pm - The company that handles trash removal in Wauconda has launched a service for residents who want to get rid of unwanted electronics, paint, chemicals and other environmentally hazardous items.

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