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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Mundelein Fire Department’s new van takes fun approach to public education

May 24 2016 | 2:31 pm - A brightly decorated public education van is the Mundelein Fire Department’s newest community education tool.

Mundelein trustees reject cell tower plan

May 23 2016 | 9:01 pm - A controversial plan to erect a cellular communications tower in Mundelein failed to get the support of the village board Monday night, essentially dooming the proposal.

Controversial cell tower plan faces growing opposition in Mundelein

May 20 2016 | 1:51 pm - A plan to erect a tall cellular communications antenna in Mundelein that has drawn opposition from local residents will face scrutiny from the village board Monday night.

Fremont Middle eighth-graders pull weeds, pack food on their service day

May 20 2016 | 2:36 pm - Braving humidity, scratchy branches and the threat of blood-sucking ticks, eighth-graders from Fremont Middle School helped clear invasive plants from a nearby forest preserve Friday as part of an annual community service project.

Wright Jr. High science team aims for national title

May 19 2016 | 3:44 pm - Fresh off its record-setting sixth straight state title, Wright Junior High School’s Science Olympiad team will compete for the national championship this weekend.

Stevenson officials propose $117.5 million budget

May 18 2016 | 10:11 am - Stevenson High School officials have unveiled a $117.5 million spending plan for the 2017 fiscal year.

District 103 concerned about students playing games on iPads

May 18 2016 | 4:48 pm - Lincolnshire-Prairie View Elementary District 103 officials will prohibit students from downloading games on their district-owned iPad tablets starting this fall.

Is a gap year after high school a good idea? Experts divided

May 17 2016 | 11:17 pm - High school graduates who take a “gap year” and put off college for a year of travel, public service or other nonscholastic activities are relatively rare in the Northwest suburbs,

Dist. 103 budget escalating due to construction projects

May 20 2016 | 3:17 pm - Planned additions at two campuses will swell Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103’s annual budget for the 2017 fiscal year, officials said Monday.

Lake County firefighters learn how to help dogs in emergencies

May 17 2016 | 12:21 am - More than 20 firefighters and paramedics from departments in central Lake County underwent training to help them treat police dogs and civilian pets in emergencies.

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