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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AT&T adds five suburbs to high-speed fiber internet network

Mar 28 2017 | 6:16 pm - AT&T customers in Arlington Heights, Libertyville, North Aurora, Wilmette and Westchester now have the company’s higher-speed Wi-Fi and internet services with a just-completed network upgrade.

Mount Prospect officer laid to rest amid emotional ceremonies

Mar 26 2017 | 9:15 am - The funeral for longtime Mount Prospect Officer Larry Rosenbarski, 58, was held Saturday with full honors. He died March 18 after suffering a significant medical event at his home.

ComEd’s rate hike is reduced

Mar 23 2017 | 4:32 pm - A ComEd rate increase on the delivery of power that went into effect in January is now being reduced. Consumers paying an average of $2 a month more likely now will pay $1.66, starting April 1 through the end of the year. The reduction was approved...

While Sears says it continues the course, suburban leaders hope for the best

Mar 22 2017 | 7:23 pm - The possible loss of the Sears Holdings Corp. headquarters in Hoffman Estates and its stores around the suburbs could bring untold losses for local families, governments and the hospitality industry, experts said. The company said in a federal...

J.C. Penney in Woodridge among 138 stores that will close

Mar 17 2017 | 5:13 pm - J.C. Penney is closing 138 stores by June, including one in Woodridge, and cutting about 5,000 jobs, the second such round of closures for the struggling retailer.

Motorola Solutions charges Chinese company with stealing patents, secrets

Mar 16 2017 | 3:03 pm - Motorola Solutions files two lawsuits in Chicago against China-based Hystera Communications Corp. for infringing on patents and stealing secrets for its two-way radios and other equipment.

Zurich NA CEO: employees are the key

Mar 15 2017 | 5:51 pm - Schaumburg-based Zurich North America, which insures many of the Fortune 500 companies, and has undergone several transitions over this past year. All of these changes also have Zurich aiming to build stronger relationships with employees and...

Trump’s proposed 20% Mexican import tax gets mixed reactions from manufacturers

Feb 27 2017 | 10:56 am - Local manufacturers have an array of opinions on what President Trump’s proposed tax on imports from Mexico would mean for their businesses.

The Duchossois Group leaving Elmhurst for Chicago, Oak Brook

Mar 02 2017 | 8:10 pm - The Duchossois Group, run by the family that formerly owned Arlington International Racecourse, is planning to move its operations out of Elmhurst within the next few months.

HHGregg to close in Arlington Heights, Bloomingdale, Schaumburg, Niles

Mar 02 2017 | 4:17 pm - HHGregg stores in Arlington Heights, Bloomingdale, Schaumburg, Niles and elsewhere are among the 88 that will close by mid-April.

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