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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Kathleen Savio to replace retiring Zurich CEO

Sep 21 2017 | 5:22 pm - Zurich Insurance Group said CEO Mike Foley will retire after a decade of leadership at the Schaumburg-based company. Kathleen Savio, currently president of North America’s Alternative Markets unit, will replace him on Jan.1.

Florists struggle to fill orders because of Hurricane Irma

Sep 18 2017 | 8:36 am - Suburban florists are taking a big hit as a result of the destruction Hurricane Irma caused in the flower importing hub of Miami.

Lake Zurich’s Echo completes expansion on schedule

Sep 07 2017 | 8:39 am - The new Echo expansion features a curtain wall glass and windows that weigh more than 35,000 pounds, enough glass to make 84,000 16-ounce Coca-Cola bottles. A grand opening ceremony is planned for next week.

Molly’s Pancake House opens in Lake Zurich

Sep 08 2017 | 9:02 pm - After months of extensive renovations, Molly’s Original Pancake House in Lake Zurich opened today. A new family took over White Alps, a longtime eatery in town that closed about 10 months ago.

Oak Brook’s A.M. Castle emerges from bankruptcy

Sep 01 2017 | 7:53 am - A.M. Castle & Co., a global distributor of specialty metal and supply chain solutions, said it emerged from its voluntary chapter 11 proceedings after restructuring its balance sheet and reducing its debt burden and interest costs, the company said.

New Lombard Mariano’s building sells for $20M

Aug 24 2017 | 8:22 am - A few days after Mariano’s opened in Lombard, the building leased to the grocery store has been sold to a private investor for $20 million.

Kits Sports Center in Lake Zurich closes

Aug 23 2017 | 2:25 pm - After nearly two decades, Kits Sports Center in Lake Zurich has closed, co-owner Tom Chmela said Wednesday.

Three Aldi locations reopening renovated stores this week

Aug 22 2017 | 7:47 am - Aldi stores in St. Charles, North Aurora and Lisle announce plans to reopen renovated stores.

Krispy Kreme offers delicious way to celebrate eclipse — with chocolate

Aug 10 2017 | 11:43 am - Krispy Kreme is celebrating the solar eclipse with a specialty chocolate glazed doughnut.

Mechanics, dealers still don’t have deal after all-day talks

Aug 10 2017 | 8:59 pm - After striking for more than a week, a union representing almost 2,000 auto mechanics across the Chicago area spent Thursday at the bargaining table but could not reach an agreement.

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