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Anna Marie Kukec

Business Writer
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Anna Marie Kukec has been a business and technology writer for the Daily Herald since 2000, covering everything from Fortune 500 companies to family-owned businesses.

She also has extensively covered residential foreclosures throughout the suburbs, and her "The Dream Foreclosed" project on that subject 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" project 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 Economist, now called SouthtownStar newspapers in Chicago's South suburbs.

In 1989, she became a speechwriter and public information officer for the Illinois attorney general's office, serving under Democrats and gubernatorial candidates Neil Hartigan and Roland Burris as well as Republican Jim Ryan. In 1995, she became a staff reporter for the American Bar Association, where she covered bar associations and various legal cases nationwide.

During those years, Kukec also has written freelance articles for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and other publications.

She has been listed in past 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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LiftMaster now offers gate operator via your smartphone

Aug 28 2014 | 5:13 pm - Kukec's eBuzz column features Elmhurst-based LiftMaster and its new technology for a wireless device that can open and close the gate on your property. It works with your smartphone or tablet.

Chocolate drink turns into a sweet racing business for Buffalo Grove company

Aug 25 2014 | 5:09 am - Kukec's People features Steve Ginsburg of Deerfield, who owns and operates Buffalo Grove-based RAM Racing and founded the Hot Chocolate Race.

Storm cuts short Elgin’s iFest

Aug 23 2014 | 6:37 pm - Hundreds of people gathered Saturday at Elgin’s third annual iFest, bringing an international flavor to the recently opened Riverside Drive promenade. But a thunderstorm in the early afternoon cut the event short.

Elgin protesters seek justice for Brown

Aug 23 2014 | 6:03 pm - About 20 members of the Occupy Elgin and the Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice rallied on Saturday for justice in the death of black teenager Michael Brown.

Dist. 59 back-to-school event could become annual

Aug 23 2014 | 6:17 pm - Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 hosted a back-to-school celebration Saturday with about 100 families throughout the district gathering at Grove Junior High School in Elk Grove Village.

Simon calls for increased efficiency by comptroller

Aug 21 2014 | 12:38 am - Sheila Simon, Democratic candidate for comptroller and current lieutenant governor, tells the Daily Herald editorial board she'd end a consumer affairs office that duplicates services available in other state offices but would not necessarily merge...

After Jewel, UPS, how do consumers stay safe from data hacks?

Aug 23 2014 | 12:58 pm - What's next to protect you from data breaches that seem to crop up almost daily? Kukec's eBuzz column tells how new technology can help.

Griller Gerrish fires up ideas for 25th anniversary

Aug 19 2014 | 9:15 am - Bryan Gerrish of Arlington Heights has a yard full of Weber grills. During the summer, you may see about a dozen or so. His favorite is the Performer with both gas and charcoal. “I always have a number of grills in the yard. It's grill...

Jewel-Osco offers help to consumers after data breach

Aug 15 2014 | 7:05 pm - The parent company of Itasca-based Jewel-Osco said its consumer data was breached and is offering consumers a way to check their data. AB Acquisition LLC said it learned of the criminal breach to obtain credit and debit card payment information in...

Arlington Heights dog lover honors pets with online artwork

Aug 14 2014 | 5:47 pm - Joe Russell grew up having a dog around the house and even had a dog while serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. .Now, the Arlington Heights man owns and operates Laughing Dog Artworks, an online e-commerce business that creates, produces...

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