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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Suburban businesses close for 'A Day Without Immigrants'

Feb 17 2017 | 8:23 am - Businesses in Aurora, Elgin, Geneva and other suburbs closed and some suburban schools reported lower than usual attendance as people joined in “A Day Without Immigrants” to protest President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

Northwestern Medicine plans $2.5M cardiovascular expansion at CDH, Delnor

Feb 14 2017 | 2:20 pm - Philanthropic gifts of about $2.5 million Tuesday were earmarked for the expansion of Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute with a new hub at Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital, among others.

Feldco parent buys garage builder, chimney cleaner

Feb 07 2017 | 5:11 pm - Des Plaines-based Feldco, a provider of windows, doors and siding, said Tuesday it has acquired Danley’s Garage World of Northbrook and Early Times Home Solutions of Elmhurst.

How Ulta grew from the suburbs into a top national retailer

Feb 06 2017 | 10:11 am - Two executives left their careers at Osco Drug nearly three decades ago to launch a store designed to change the way women shop for cosmetics.

Roskam meets with Republicans in Palatine, ignores 400 protesters

Feb 05 2017 | 4:05 pm - About 400 protestors jeered U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam outside in freezing temperatures while he met Saturday with about 100 members of the Palatine Township Republican Organization in Palatine.

Better Business Bureau issues warning about Arlington Heights-based Restaurant.com

Feb 01 2017 | 7:38 pm - The Better Business Bureau issued a warning Wednesday regarding Restaurant.com, an Arlington Heights-based company that sells gift certificates to restaurants nationwide, saying the company has had 253 complaints filed against it during the last...

Suburban officials roll out welcome mat for Caterpillar

Jan 31 2017 | 6:28 pm - Suburban mayors and economic development officials put out the welcome mat Tuesday after Caterpillar said it will move its headquarters from Peoria to an undetermined location in the Chicago area.

Local, national businesses give views on immigration ban

Jan 30 2017 | 7:03 pm - Local business leaders and multinational CEOs unite in concerns over President Trump’s immigration ban, which they say will hurt their workforces and their businesses.

Geneva baker caters to specialty needs

Jan 27 2017 | 10:59 am - Ilene Keivel changed her Sweet Natalie's bakery in Geneva to help those with special dietary needs, including gluten fee, Paleo, sugar free, low carb, vegan and others.

Realtors optimistic as spring house buying season starts early

Jan 26 2017 | 4:43 pm - The spring real estate market, which usually kicks off after the Super Bowl, is off to an earlier start than usual. Suburban Realtors point to increasing mortgage rates, pent-up demand and a warm winter as reasons the market is off to a quick start.

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