Kim Mikus

Editor/Daily Herald Business Products
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Kim Mikus has served as a business writer with an emphasis on retail trends, consumer issues and small business since the mid-1990s.

As a senior writer, she follows development in the local business industry as well as a wide array of other suburban business issues. Mikus has her own column featuring small business that runs several times a week. The column explores new and unique businesses located in the Daily Herald's suburban footprint. It gives readers information about what the small business community has to offer as well as how and why these ventures get started.

Prior to covering business, Mikus covered crime, school issues and city government for several years. She regularly fills in on the Daily Herald's new dawn patrol reporting mission that involves posting breaking news directly to the website in the early-morning hours.

Mikus also appears regularly on ABC 7 News on Sunday mornings, where her focus is discussing consumer stories that she has written. She has a strong ability to see the latest trends while in their infancy stages, including, for example, the popularity of WebKinz and Silly Banz. The seasoned business journalist enjoys writing about business and the economy as it drives the news in many ways.

It affects the job market, real estate, politics, funding for education and just about everything else in our daily lives.

Mikus graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a journalism major, pursuing an interest in the industry that started at the age of 10 when she delivered a weekly newspaper on her bike in Libertyville, where she grew up. She was later involved in reporting and writing at Libertyville High School. Today, she lives in Lake Zurich with her husband and two children.

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Wendy’s to add 1,000 restaurants

Feb 23 2017 | 4:28 pm - Wendy’s quick-service chain plans to add about 1,000 restaurants by 2020.

Noodles & Company to close 55 restaurants

Feb 10 2017 | 2:32 pm - Noodles & Company, struggling with declines in sales at its restaurants, will close 55 underperforming locations, or 1 in 10 of its eateries.

Urban-style office complex planned in Westmont

Feb 09 2017 | 8:46 am - A national developer purchased the former headquarters of Allied Van Lines’ parent company, an 18-acre complex in Westmont, and plans to spend between $35 and $50 million to turn it into an urban-style office complex.

Mariano’s to move into Crystal Lake Sears location

Jan 17 2017 | 5:30 pm - Mariano’s will open a new store at 105 Northwest Hwy. in Crystal Lake in 2018 at the location of the Sears store, which will close mid-March, according to leaders in Crystal Lake.

Village Park of Palatine apartment complex sold for $48 million

Jan 05 2017 | 11:11 am - Origin Investments, in partnership with Draper and Kramer Inc. and LEM Capital, completed the acquisition of Village Park of Palatine, a 448-unit apartment complex in Palatine. The complex sold for about $48 million.

Hatchimals expected to arrive at some Wal-Mart stores before Christmas

Dec 09 2016 | 6:52 am - Wal-Mart announced that several suburban stores are expecting to receive Hatchimals, the hottest, hardest-to-find toy of the holiday season.

Hatchimals fly off toy store shelves, leaving parents in a panic

Nov 29 2016 | 4:40 pm - Hatchimals, interactive stuffed animals, are the hottest toy craze this holiday season. They are sold out at retailers across the suburbs. The stuffed animal that hatches from an egg ranks way up there with past holiday successes such as the Cabbage...

Lisle financial adviser fine tunes business operation

Nov 06 2016 | 6:09 pm - Jeffery Harper’s mission is to assist in orchestrating the financial future of the clients through his business, Opus Wealth Management. The name of the growing Lisle firm comes from the popular movie, “Mr. Holland’s...

New owner takes over Cubby Bear North in Lincolnshire

Oct 31 2016 | 7:38 am - A new owner took possession of the former Cubby Bear North in Lincolnshire on Friday and plans to turn it into an event space called Loft 21.

Schaumburg Business Association honors Harper College, individuals

Oct 24 2016 | 6:53 am - Members of the Schaumburg Business Association socialized and celebrated as Harper College in Palatine was named winner of the Brian H. Burke Business of the Year award, the top honor of the evening.

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