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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Three Mundelein businesses getting village grants to spruce up signs, landscaping

Jun 29 2016 | 6:36 pm - Three Mundelein businesses will receive village grants totaling $36,600 to help pay for new signs, landscaping and other facility improvements.

Coroner Rudd to run for re-election as an independent

Jun 28 2016 | 4:09 pm - Months after withdrawing from the Democratic Party primary, Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd has filed to run for re-election as an independent candidate.

Culver’s restaurant proposed for Lincolnshire

Jun 28 2016 | 4:13 pm - A new Culver’s may soon join Lincolnshire’s restaurant-rich Milwaukee Avenue corridor.

Victim of reported highway shooting is 17, police say

Jun 27 2016 | 11:12 pm - The man reportedly shot over the weekend on Route 53 near I-90 is 17 years old, Illinois State Police revealed Monday.

3 firefighters hurt in Woodridge blaze

Jun 27 2016 | 8:32 pm - Three firefighters were injured Monday afternoon while battling a blaze that destroyed a Woodridge apartment building.

Beach Park man reported missing

Jun 27 2016 | 6:59 pm - A 27-year-old Beach Park man has been reporting missing and endangered, the Lake County sheriff’s office said.

Fire damages Arlington Heights house

Jun 27 2016 | 9:36 pm - No one was hurt in an early morning house fire Monday in Arlington Heights.

Why a dog park could be headed to Island Lake

Jun 24 2016 | 11:11 pm - Island Lake officials are considering creating the village’s first dog park.

Island Lake trustees hope to brighten village with irises

Jun 23 2016 | 10:47 pm - Island Lake officials are hoping the community gets behind a plan to decorate the village with colorful iris plants. Dubbed “Irises of Island Lake,” the project is the brainchild of Trustee Sandy Hartogh.

Chicago-area veterans to compete in national Wheelchair Games next week

Jun 24 2016 | 10:39 pm - Eight military veterans representing the Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago will compete in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games next week.

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