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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Cancer not sidetracking Skarr from community, family activities

May 23 2016 | 7:23 am - Mike Skarr, former chamber and economic development executive in DuPage County, faces another challenge with prostate cancer. After treatment, he plans to keep up a busy schedule.

Iconic Lava Lamp keeps Elk Grove company viable to next generation

May 16 2016 | 9:33 am - Elk Grove Village-based Lifespan Brands LLC makes the iconic Lava Lamp and other products and plans to introduce more new products later this year.

Why are high-end suburban homes so hard to sell?

May 15 2016 | 7:55 am - While the luxury home market picked up after the recession, suburban real estate agents are finding higher-end homes are a tougher sell, for a variety of reasons.

Elk Grove CEO back in the saddle for charity ride

May 13 2016 | 11:07 am - Chip Miceli, president and CEO of Des Plaines Office Equipment in Elk Grove Village, and his son Paul Miceli will be on a Slingshot By Polaris motorcycle for a charity drive to Washington, D.C. He’s already raised more than $100,000 to help...

Sears to experiment with smaller appliance stores

May 11 2016 | 3:58 pm - Sears Holdings Chairman and CEO Edward Lampert said Wednesday Sears and Kmart likely will have more restructuring in the future. He also plans to roll out a new idea that involves smaller-format appliance stores.

Retail Properties buys Oak Brook Promenade

May 04 2016 | 5:41 pm - Oak Brook-based Retail Properties of America Inc. has acquired the Oak Brook Promenade shopping center for about $66 million.

From Schaumburg to D.C., Harding advocates for those with diabetes

Apr 29 2016 | 11:25 am - Kaili Harding, president of the Schaumburg Business Association, volunteers with the American Diabetes Association to advocate on behalf of those with disabetes, including her 8-year-old daughter.

Portillo’s plans to open in Normal

Apr 28 2016 | 8:56 am - Oak Brook-based Portillo’s Hot Dogs LLC plans to open its 48th restaurant next year in Normal, Illinois.

Former Motorola Harvard campus sells to Chinese firm for $9.3 million

Apr 26 2016 | 5:30 pm - The former Motorola Inc. campus in Harvard has been sold for about $9.3 million to a Chinese company seeking to get various manufacturers into the United States, a Harvard official said Tuesday.

From tech to leather, Island Lake store owner finds a niche

Apr 22 2016 | 2:21 pm - Susie Kleiner of Island Lake left behind her work in technology to partner with a biker enthusiast in a new store called Leathers 4U in Antioch. When she found her father’s leather working tools from the 1960s, she began doing more custom...

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