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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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Product variety doesn’t ‘pigeonhole’ Olson customers

Sep 12 2014 | 4:49 pm - An interview with Brian Olson, co-owner of Olson Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing in Barrington and Warrenville.

Beach, sun & surfing are the focus of Lake Zurich business

Aug 29 2014 | 6:46 pm - Jeff Urso opens Beezer’s Bungalow, a shop that offers beach, sun and surfing products in Lake ZUrich.

Private equity firm buys Berlin Packaging

Aug 25 2014 | 4:09 pm - Private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners announced Monday that it will buy Berlin Packaging LLC, a supplier of packaging products, from from Investcorp SA for $1.43 billion.

Hospitality expo expands to Southwest suburbs

Jul 25 2014 | 7:52 am - Hundreds of people attended the first Chicago Southwest Hospitality Expo Thursday at the Tinley Park Convention Center. The Daily Herald Business Ledger hosted the expo in an effort to highlight the hospitality industry and inform guests about what...

Workout Anytime expands in Buffalo Grove, Wauconda

May 19 2014 | 8:44 am - We interview Jeff Cercy, co-owner of Workout Anytime in Buffalo Grove and Wauconda.

Pizza sales heat up during March Madness

Mar 21 2014 | 4:03 pm - As March Madness basketball rolls out, so do pizza sales across the suburbs. Pizzerias says the Superbowl ranks as the No. 1 day for pizza sales, but March Madness kickoff weekend is right behind it.

Kildeer's Color Me Mine studio to close

Feb 06 2014 | 7:59 am - The owner of Color Me Mine paint-it-yourself ceramics studio announced Wednesday that it will close the Kildeer location on Feb. 17. Natasha Braxton of Mundelein said it is "with a heavy heart" that she has to close the studio, but will keep her...

Abbott Laboratories makes job cuts

Jan 29 2014 | 2:42 pm - Abbott Laboratories is trimming its workforce in an effort to reduce expenses. The Libertyville Township-based global health care company would not say how many employees are being laid off. "We continuously assess our operations to ensure we have...

GreenMark Public Relations grows in suburbs

Dec 06 2013 | 3:58 pm - The founder and president of Mundelein-based GreenMark Public Relations Inc. grew up in her father's grocery store. She now runs her own business that is exclusively dedicated to increasing awareness about sustainable spaces, places and issues.

Rosemont's Westin O'Hare continues $22 million renovation

Dec 06 2013 | 8:19 am - As The Westin O'Hare marks its 25th anniversary in 2014, it announced Thursday that it's starting the second phase of a $22 million renovation that will include transforming its lobby lounge into a Starbucks cafe.

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