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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Dold slams Iran nuke deal, Schneider says enforce it

Oct 25 2016 | 12:41 am - The candidates running to represent Illinois’ 10th House District have different views on the controversial nuclear deal with Iran.

Mundelein proposes facade improvement program for Lake Street businesses

Oct 25 2016 | 12:00 am - Mundelein officials want to improve the look of the retail buildings along a stretch of Lake Street using public and private funds.

Mundelein merchant threatens to sue over proposed pet-sale restrictions

Oct 25 2016 | 4:49 pm - A Mundelein business owner pledged to sue the village if officials ban the sale of dogs from large-scale breeding operations.

Stevenson High weighing $5.2 million worth of summer construction projects

Oct 24 2016 | 9:46 am - Stevenson High School officials are considering undertaking more than $5.2 million in campus construction projects during the summer 2017 break, including a $1.4 million plan to upgrade the East Building’s cafeteria and kitchen.

Lake County groups grateful for church’s financial assistance

Oct 21 2016 | 4:18 pm - Lake County groups benefiting from the Kirk of the Lakes Presbyterian Church’s generosity are grateful for the financial assistance.

Former Mundelein church donating $700,000 to charities

Oct 21 2016 | 4:18 pm - The leaders of a recently shuttered Mundelein church are donating more than $700,000 to 34 local, national and international charities.

Emmons officials reject talk of consolidation with Grass Lake

Oct 20 2016 | 8:51 pm - Emmons School District 33 officials have turned down a request to investigate merging with another Antioch-area district.

Is it time for Stevenson High to expand again?

Oct 19 2016 | 6:53 pm - With enrollment on the rise, Stevenson High School officials are considering adding onto the already-massive Lincolnshire facility.

Dold way ahead of Schneider when it comes to campaign cash

Oct 18 2016 | 6:14 pm - As the race for Illinois’ 10th District seat in Congress nears the finish line, Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Dold’s campaign war chest dwarfs Democrat Brad Schneider’s cache.

Why Stevenson High students won’t have homework next Tuesday

Oct 18 2016 | 7:35 pm - Stevenson High School students will get a night off from homework next Tuesday — but they’ll still have an important assignment to complete.

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