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Anna Marie Kukec

Business Writer
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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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Griller Gerrish fires up ideas for 25th anniversary

Aug 19 2014 | 9:15 am - Bryan Gerrish of Arlington Heights has a yard full of Weber grills. During the summer, you may see about a dozen or so. His favorite is the Performer with both gas and charcoal. “I always have a number of grills in the yard. It's grill...

Jewel-Osco offers help to consumers after data breach

Aug 15 2014 | 7:05 pm - The parent company of Itasca-based Jewel-Osco said its consumer data was breached and is offering consumers a way to check their data. AB Acquisition LLC said it learned of the criminal breach to obtain credit and debit card payment information in...

Arlington Heights dog lover honors pets with online artwork

Aug 14 2014 | 5:47 pm - Joe Russell grew up having a dog around the house and even had a dog while serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. .Now, the Arlington Heights man owns and operates Laughing Dog Artworks, an online e-commerce business that creates, produces...

Pan American acquires Bank of Palatine

Aug 12 2014 | 3:16 pm - Pan American Bank, based in Melrose Park, said Wednesday it has acquired Bank of Palatine.

Hanover Park man ditches convenience for franchise

Aug 11 2014 | 11:18 pm - Humza Khan of Hanover Park loves buildings. He loves what you may not notice, like the ceiling, the floor plans, the color and the design.

United’s app now includes passport scanning for quicker check-in

Aug 07 2014 | 4:23 pm - Kukec's eBuzz column features United Airlines updated app which now allows customers to scan their passports on their smartphones in order to check in at least 24 hours before their scheduled departure.

Walgreen’s decision to stay raises more questions

Aug 07 2014 | 5:08 am - While Walgreen Co. cleared up speculation Wednesday when it announced its headquarters would stay in Deerfield, a number of other questions remain. Exactly where will the new Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. holding company be based? Will Chicago Mayor...

Despite profit, Motorola Solutions plans more layoffs, smaller campus

Aug 05 2014 | 4:43 pm - While Motorola Solutions Tuesday posted a second-quarter profit that tripled, it plans more cost-cutting measures that are expected to include layoffs and the sale of more land at its Schaumburg campus. The company aims to increase its cost-cutting...

British report: Walgreen HQ to stay in U.S.

Aug 05 2014 | 5:33 pm - Deerfield-based Walgreen Co. could announce Wednesday it will keep its headquarters based in the United States and not move overseas, according to a report in the British Sky News. The report cited unnamed sources “on both sides of the...

Geneva optometrist focuses on new technology

Aug 04 2014 | 5:06 am - Kukec's People features long-time Geneva optometrist who is now offering genetic testing to his patients.

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