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Russell Lissau

Staff Writer
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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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Forest district to return human remains to Native American group

Aug 30 2016 | 12:02 pm - Native American remains that for decades have been part of the Lake County Discovery Museum’s collection soon will be returned to members of a tribe with roots in this area.

Protesters pay Lake County taxes with dollar bills

Aug 30 2016 | 8:56 pm - A small group of suburban residents protested their rising property taxes Tuesday at the Lake County treasurer’s office by paying their taxes with stacks of one-dollar bills.

Wauconda police chief seeking historical photos of department

Aug 29 2016 | 4:43 pm - Wauconda Police Chief David Wermes is putting together a historical photo exhibit about the department, and he’s hoping you can help provide some pieces to display.

Route 45 being repaved in Mundelein, so expect delays

Aug 26 2016 | 5:51 pm - An Illinois Department of Transportation repaving project is creating delays for motorists on a milelong stretch of Route 45 through downtown Mundelein.

Olympian welcomed back like a champion at Libertyville High

Aug 25 2016 | 4:36 pm - Just days after returning from competition at the Rio Olympics, rhythmic gymnast Laura Zeng received a champion’s welcome Thursday morning at Libertville High School.

Mundelein parks, environmental group to partner on Mundelein rain garden

Aug 25 2016 | 4:23 pm - The Mundelein Park & Recreation District, some local residents and an environmental group are working together to install two rain gardens near Diamond Lake.

Should Island Lake mayor’s pay double? Trustees think so

Aug 25 2016 | 2:13 pm - Island Lake trustees are considering more than doubling the mayor’s pay to $25,000 annually.

Dist. 103 board OKs budget that includes additions at 2 schools

Aug 23 2016 | 10:48 pm - The Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 board on Tuesday approved a $39.9 million budget for the new fiscal year.

District 128 OKs $98.3 million budget as it pledges to look for cuts

Aug 22 2016 | 9:04 pm - Moments before the Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board approved a $98.3 million budget for the new fiscal year Monday, officials said they will try to shave spending.

Tina G's helping to build Mundelein's roster of indie eateries

Aug 24 2016 | 7:16 am - The opening of Tina G's adds to the diverse array of independendent restaurants serving good food in Mundelein.

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