Anna Marie Kukec

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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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DuPage seeks ideas from public on boosting tourism

Jul 22 2016 | 5:07 pm - The DuPage County Convention and Visitors Bureau will host three meetings on Monday and Tuesday to invite public suggestions and comments on improving tourism in the region.

Creative Werks moves HQ to Elk Grove

Jul 22 2016 | 4:15 pm - Creative Werks, a provider of packaging design and manufacturing, will expand its Elk Grove Village operations and turn it into its headquarters by early next year, eventually closing down its Bensenville offices.

Companies with suburban ties part of historic national conventions

Jul 18 2016 | 4:01 pm - AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Motorola Solutions and other companies with suburban ties will be working with the Democratic and Republican national conventions as sponsor or provide equipment or services to help on site.

Why suburban home buyers are getting a break right now

Jul 20 2016 | 11:42 am - Mortgage rates are at the lowest level in nearly four years because of an improving economy, more first-time homebuyer programs, and even a bump from Brexit. So more suburban home buyers and those refinancing are getting a break.

Mariano’s grocery store CEO Bob Mariano to retire in September

Jul 13 2016 | 5:44 am - Bob Mariano, who started the Mariano’s grocery store chain before it was acquired by Kroger, said Tuesday he will retire by Sept. 1.

Elk Grove executive convicted of defrauding investors

Jul 11 2016 | 4:45 pm - An Elk Grove Village executive on Monday was convicted of defrauding about 200 investors out of $9 million after he claimed his company made Homeland Security and food safety products and had contracts for business.

Arlington Heights lawyer tough on outside, a Lego lover on the inside

Jul 14 2016 | 1:32 pm - While many lawyers are tough when representing clients, they find stress relief in various things, like playing music or volunteering. Not Susan Dawson, founding partner of a Rolling Meadows law firm. She builds Lego sets.

Part of Bloomingdale house collapses from fire

Jul 02 2016 | 4:10 pm - A Bloomingdale house collapsed after a major fire early Saturday and the cause remains under investigation. One firefighter was slightly injured.

First Midwest plans more expansion after Standard acquisition

Jun 29 2016 | 2:35 pm - First Midwest Bancorp’s top executive said Wednesday that the Itasca-based bank plans further expansion after it announced its latest $365 million deal to acquire Hickory Hills-based Standard Bancshares.

Naperville condo complex sold for $34 million

Jun 28 2016 | 12:12 pm - A local private investor bought 313 of the 356 total units at Huntington Condominiums in Naperville for about $34 million, according to Oak Brook-based Inland Real Estate Brokerage & Consulting, which recently closed the deal.

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