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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Lake County forest board weighing $71.9 million budget

Apr 29 2016 | 5:18 pm - Lake County Forest Preserve District officials are planning to spend about $71.9 million during the next fiscal year, a significant drop from the current year’s $95.1 million budget.

Fatal police shooting in Zion was justified, state’s attorney says

Apr 29 2016 | 5:30 pm - A Zion police officer was justified when he fatally shot an armed, mentally ill man wearing body armor during a physical confrontation in January, authorities announced Friday.

Apartment complex proposal nearing approval in Lincolnshire

Apr 28 2016 | 8:26 am - A plan to raze half of Lincolnshire’s Regal Cinemas and build a 302-unit apartment complex on the land is nearing approval at village hall.

Stevenson High students pushing for more political rights

Apr 28 2016 | 5:04 pm - Stevenson High School’s Political Action Committee is pushing a proposal to expand voter participation rights for teenagers.

Mundelein firefighters get one-year contract extension

Apr 26 2016 | 12:09 am - Mundelein’s firefighters will get 2.75-percent pay raises under a one-year contract extension approved Monday night, authorities said.

Lincolnshire District 103 to expand preschool program

Apr 26 2016 | 12:05 pm - Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 this fall will open preschool enrollment to any 3-year-olds living in the district.

Banquet hall proposed for former Cubby Bear North in Lincolnshire

Apr 26 2016 | 7:16 pm - An entrepreneur wants to open a banquet hall at the former Cubby Bear North in Lincolnshire.

Mundelein man identified as Itasca crash victim

Apr 22 2016 | 5:59 pm - The motorcyclist who died Thursday after a crash in Itasca has been identified as a Mundelein man.

Hanover Park motorcyclist dies from injuries in Bartlett crash

Apr 22 2016 | 9:51 pm - A motorcyclist who died after colliding with an SUV in Bartlett has been identified as a Hanover Park man, authorties said Friday.

Lake County coroner’s office: Fugitive shot himself in head

Apr 21 2016 | 4:26 pm - A fugitive murder suspect shot himself in the head during a fatal confrontaton with police last weekend outside a Lake County bar, authorities said Thursday.

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