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Anna Marie Kukec

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Anna Marie Kukec has been a business and technology writer for the Daily Herald since 2000, covering everything from Fortune 500 companies to family-owned businesses.

She also has extensively covered residential foreclosures throughout the suburbs, and her "The Dream Foreclosed" project on that subject won first place in public service from the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association, the Chicago Journalists Association's Sarah Brown Boyden Award in public service, first place from the National Federation of Press Women, first place in the Illinois Woman's Press Association, and meritorious achievement from the Chicago Bar Association Herman Kogan Awards.

Kukec also was part of the reporting team for "Our Uncertain Times" project about the impact of the recession that earned third place in the 2009 Illinois Associated Press Editors Association Excellence. She has been an occasional guest on ABC 7 and WGN Radio.

Kukec began her career as a reporter, columnist and section editor for the Daily Southtown Economist, now called SouthtownStar newspapers in Chicago's South suburbs.

In 1989, she became a speechwriter and public information officer for the Illinois attorney general's office, serving under Democrats and gubernatorial candidates Neil Hartigan and Roland Burris as well as Republican Jim Ryan. In 1995, she became a staff reporter for the American Bar Association, where she covered bar associations and various legal cases nationwide.

During those years, Kukec also has written freelance articles for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and other publications.

She has been listed in past editions of Who's Who in the Media and Communications, Who's Who in the Midwest, and Who's Who of American Women. She was honored with the 1985 Woman of the Year Award, presented by Evergreen Park High School. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Chicago Headline Club, where she had served on various committees and as a vice president, secretary and board director.

Kukec earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications/journalism from St. Xavier University in Chicago. She is married and lived in Elk Grove Village before moving to Chicago. Follow her on Facebook and LinkedIn and as AMKukec on Twitter.

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Motorola Solutions shrinks, while Zebra grows

Apr 15 2014 | 4:18 pm - Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions Inc. continues to chip away at its legendary status by selling its Enterprise unit to Lincolnshire’s Zebra Technologies for about $3.45 billion. While Zebra continues to pick up steam, building its...

Business owner left behind Wall Street for Libertyville streets

Apr 11 2014 | 3:54 pm - Kukec's People features Bill Kaiser, who was a broker for 36 years, owning William S. Kaiser Corp. since 1978, which then morphed into Zap Futures Inc. when he introduced electronic trading in 1994. He had 24 brokers and 12 support staff and even...

Duchossois spends about $18m on 4 Oak Brook buildings

Apr 11 2014 | 3:00 pm - Duchossois Real Estate LLC has purchased four buildings in Oak Brook to as develop corporate office space. Duchossois finalized two transactions on March 31. One deal includes three buildings on Windsor Road for a total of about $10.2 million. The...

GIV Mobil launches in Lombard, Schaumburg

Apr 10 2014 | 5:08 pm - Kukec's eBuzz column features GIV Mobile, which recently opened kiosks in Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg and Yorktown Mall in Lombard. While it offers subscribers a 4G network and no contracts, like most others, GIV Mobile also donates 8 percent of...

Palatine's Starck takes Berkshire Hathaway name

Apr 08 2014 | 7:51 am - Palatine-based Prudential Starck Realtors, with its Prudential First Realty and Prudential Harding & Starck brokerages in McHenry and Crystal Lake, will become Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Starck Real Estate beginning Tuesday, said President...

From India to Naperville, CTO aims to keep innovating

Apr 09 2014 | 8:55 am - Kukec's People features Sanjib Sahoo of Naperville, who went from humble beginnings in India, to Naperville and Chicago, where he heads technology for TradeMonster.

Website aims to make your moves seamless

Apr 04 2014 | 9:46 am - Moving from one home to another can be a very stressful process. A suburban woman is working to change all that. A website launched in May 2012 was founded by CEO Jennifer Morehead of Winnetka with two partners and they aim to help people with all...

Wadsworth animal lover helps aging pets groom in place

Apr 01 2014 | 8:39 am - Kukec's People features Abbey Trobe, perhaps Lake County's first mobile pet groomer. She has taken a lifelong love of pets on the road, especially to accommodate aging pets so they can get their spa treatments.

How Mariano's CEO created his grocery empire

Apr 01 2014 | 8:38 am - Bob Mariano of Inverness walked around the newly converted Mariano's grocery store in Northfield like a proud father. He looked at the colorful produce section, admired the European-style floral department and studied changes made to the former...

Kirk vows to help end cyber bullying

Mar 29 2014 | 6:02 pm - Sen. Mark Kirk said he will launch a public service video, and make a Top 10 list of the most dangerous apps that lead to cyberbullying. He met Saturday with about 20 high school students who talked about how the dangerous practice is rising.

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