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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Transitional care facilities move ahead in Lisle, Aurora

Jan 16 2017 | 2:03 pm - Rosemont-based Innovative Health said Monday it will break ground this summer for new short-term rehab centers in Lisle and Aurora, after winning court decisions against local competitors attempting to stop them.

CCS, Parr find ways to help others

Jan 15 2017 | 10:56 pm - Ian Parr, founder of Oakbrook Terrace-based CCS International, talks about helping young people get a “step up” in the construction and estimating industries through a program at his company.

CompTIA buys AITP, plans to launch another group to help tech pros

Jan 09 2017 | 10:20 am - Downers Grove-based CompTIA a global technology association, is expected to announce Monday that it will acquire another association and use it as a foundation to launch a new organization to help tech professionals further their careers.

Stratford Macy’s to close, part of 68 closures nationwide

Jan 04 2017 | 5:40 pm - Macy’s Inc. said Wednesday it will close 68 stores by the end of this year, including one at Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale, and cut about 6,200 jobs after holiday sales came in lower than forecast.

After brawl, Fox Valley Mall says it will enforce rule for teen shoppers

Jan 03 2017 | 3:34 pm - Fox Valley Mall in Aurora is requiring people under 18 to be with an adult during certain times after a fight closed down the mall the day after Christmas.

First Midwest to move HQ out of Itasca, to O’Hare corridor

Jan 03 2017 | 7:40 pm - First Midwest Bancorp Inc., parent of First Midwest Bank, said Tuesday it will move its headquarters out of Itasca and to Chicago’s O’Hare corridor by spring 2018.

Radio producer turned businessman now an exec at Klein Hall

Dec 26 2016 | 9:56 am - Neil Sant recently started as chief operating officer of Klein Hall CPAs in Aurora but he attributes his business background, including as producer for DJ Danny Bonaduce, as part of his roots to success.

Amazon leases Waukegan facility

Dec 21 2016 | 4:05 pm - Just after annoucing an expansion into Aurora, Amazon said Wednesday it will open a warehouse in Waukegan and add about 100 jobs. Amazon has signed a 10-year lease for the 600,000-square-foot facility on Waukegan Road, Bridge Development Partners...

Amazon expanding in Aurora with $12.9 million state incentive

Dec 20 2016 | 3:51 pm - Amazon plans to open two new distribution centers in Aurora, in addition to others already operating in Edwarsville, Joliet and Romeoville. Another is under construction in Monee. Altogether the company will employ about 7,000 workers in Illinois.

Portillo’s to open first Minnesota restaurant next summer

Dec 16 2016 | 11:05 am - Oak Brook-based Portillo’s is expected to announce today its first Minnesota restaurant. The company’s 50th restaurant will be in Woodbury, Minnesota, and it is expected to open in the summer.

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