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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Tie Bar to close Naperville warehouse, plans to increase Chicago staff

Jul 22 2014 | 10:43 pm - The Tie Bar, an Internet only business that sells ties, is closing its warehouse in Naperville and plans to increase its workforce at its Chicago headquarters. About 35 workers in Naperville will be laid off. The warehouse operations will be...

Barrington mortgage pro helps Hispanic families

Jul 21 2014 | 4:50 am - Kukec's People features Eduardo Paras of Barrington, who helps Hispanic families obtain mortgages to buy homes.

U.S. News list: Suburban hospitals among the 'best'

Jul 16 2014 | 12:51 pm - Several suburban hospitals, including those in the Advocate and Alexian Brothers health care systems, were ranked among the best locally and nationally, according to the U.S. News and World Report's 2014-2015 Best Hospitals released today. Five...

Glen Ellyn entrepreneur forsakes tech’s nomadic life

Jul 14 2014 | 4:58 pm - Kukec's People features Saad Rehmani of Glen Ellyn who forgoes his father's world travels to stay here in the area. But he recently left innovative Redbox and has settled at Kapow.

Weber-Stephen breaks ground in Huntley; $4.2 million state incentive for new interchange

Jul 14 2014 | 5:18 pm - Weber-Stephen Products LLC today breaks ground on its new global distribution center in Huntley, which is expected to add new jobs and consolidate distribution operations from four other states. The state agreed to provide a $4.2 million incentive...

Online, mobile ER registration streamline process

Jul 11 2014 | 7:10 am - Lake Forest Hospital's emergency room has launched an online check-in system for patients with nonlife-threatening illnesses. Beginning July 1, patients were able to complete online forms to start the check-in process and let ER staff know when to...

Everest College in suburbs to be sold, Durbin warns students to stay away

Jul 09 2014 | 4:42 pm - California-based Corinthian Colleges Inc., parent of Everest College, plans to sell 85 campuses, including six in the suburbs. U.S. Sen Dick Durbin also warns students to stay away from such for-profit colleges, especially since Corinthian is under...

Religion fuels Libertyville financial expert to help, advise

Jul 07 2014 | 5:04 am - Kukec's People features Roch Tranel, founder and president of The Tranel Financial Group in Libertyville, who follows his christian values in business as well as in the community, where he enjoys cultivating leaders.

Itasca’s Knowles takes microphone to new level

Jul 03 2014 | 12:58 pm - Kukec's eBuzz column features a new digital microphone that will be going into new smartphones and other devices that will eliminate swiping the screen when turning on and off any calls. The device will also allow you to transfer data just by...

Berkshire Partners to buy Portillo's restaurants for almost $1 billion

Jul 02 2014 | 6:18 am - Oak Brook-based Portillo Restaurant Group Inc. confirmed Tuesday afternoon that it has agreed to sell its restaurant chain to Berkshire Partners, a private equity firm in Boston. Terms of the deal were not...

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