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Anna Marie Kukec

Business Writer
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Anna Marie Kukec is a senior writer at the Daily Herald and the Daily Herald Business Ledger, primarily covering business stories on everything from Fortune 500 companies to family-owned businesses.

When foreclosures began to grip the region, she brought the stories of suburban homeowners to the forefront in "The Dream Foreclosed" series. The project 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," a series 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 in Chicago's South suburbs. Afterward, she became a speechwriter and public information officer for the Illinois attorney general's office, serving under both Democrats and Republicans, including gubernatorial candidates. Later, she became a staff reporter for the American Bar Association, where she covered bar associations and various legal cases nationwide.

During those years, her freelance articles appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and other publications.

She has been listed in previous 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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Ecos donates $500,000 to Roosevelt, encourages immigrant dream

Apr 23 2017 | 5:06 pm - Cypress, California-based Ecos, which has operations in Addison, marked its 50th anniversary and a $500,000 check presentation to Roosevelt University on Friday during a luncheon with about 200 employees, state and local officials, including Addison...

Caterpillar picks Deerfield for global HQ

Apr 19 2017 | 6:32 pm - Caterpillar Inc. said Wednesday it will move its new global headquarters to Deerfield. Caterpillar reached a multi-year leasing agreement with Corporate 500 office park. The company expects about 100 employees to relocate this year, with about 300...

AT&T, T-Mobile planning to expand networks

Apr 19 2017 | 4:24 pm - AT&T and T-Mobile, once competitors that sought to merge, said Wednesday that they are moving ahead with newer, high-speed networks, opening stores and adding jobs.

Motorola Solutions ups patent fight with Chinese company

Apr 18 2017 | 11:12 am - Motorola Solutions Inc. said Tuesday it has upped its legal fight against a Chinese company for allegedly stealing its patented technology for two-way radios.

Portillo’s opens in Greenfield, Wis., with special menu item: Badger brats

Apr 18 2017 | 2:53 pm - Oak Brook-based Portillo’s opened its second restaurant in Wisconsin and includes a menu item only seen up North — Badger brats.

‘Flea market on steroids’ at Design Toscano in Elk Grove Village this weekend

Apr 18 2017 | 11:21 am - A life-size dinosaur, 12-foot toy soldiers and about 10,000 other unusual and whimsical products from Design Toscano are expected to attract thousands of bargain hunters this weekend.

Doctor-turned-entrepreneur finds his niche in lighting

Apr 16 2017 | 8:15 pm - Purav Kapadia was a doctor specializing in pediatrics in New York when some experiences led him to dramatically change his career and his life. He returned to live in Oak Brook, became entrepreneur and started two companies based in Addison. One was...

ComEd seeks $1 per month hike

Apr 14 2017 | 5:00 pm - ComEd is asking the state for a $1 a month increase in its delivery service rate to consumers, which could start in early 2018. The filing on Thursday with the Illinois Commerce Commission seeks $96 million in additional revenue to cover costs...

Cooper’s Hawk to open May 15 in St. Charles, more planned

Apr 14 2017 | 9:51 am - Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant plans to open May 15 in St. Charles. More are planned through next year.

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