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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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Small businesses could struggle with minimum wage hike

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Small businesses could struggle with minimum wage hike

Jun 24 2017 | 7:32 pm - Small businesses are awaiting the governor’s decision on whether he’ll veto or sign new legislation that would increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour statewide. Already, Jarosch dodged a bullet when Elk Grove Village officials opted...

Lower gasoline prices ease holiday travel plans

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Kellogg’s leaves Woodridge, cuts 258 area jobs

Jun 22 2017 | 12:32 pm - The Kellogg Co., maker of cereals and snack foods, said it will close its distribution center in Woodridge and cut 258 area jobs starting in late July. The jobs include 42 positions at the distribution center. The rest are sales and merchandising...

Cooper’s Hawk to move HQ to Woodridge, produce more wine

Jun 22 2017 | 4:24 pm - Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant will move its headquarters from Countryside to Woodridge next year along with 190 jobs.

A.M. Castle files fast-track Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan

Jun 19 2017 | 2:20 pm - Oak Brook-based A.M. Castle & Co. a global distributor of specialty metals and supply chain services, said Monday it filed for Chapter 11 reorganization with a repayment plan for its creditors.

Lake Villa man charged with supplying fatal dose of heroin

Jun 17 2017 | 12:40 pm - A Lake Villa man has been arrested on a $750,000 warrant on a charge of selling heroin to a woman who died, Sgt. Christopher Covelli of the Lake County sheriff’s office said Saturday.

Waukegan man dies after being found shot in courtyard

Jun 17 2017 | 4:01 pm - An 18-year-old man died after he was found shot early Friday at the Woodland Village Apartments in Waukegan, Waukegan Police Chief Wayne Walles said in a news release.


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