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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Beer garden in Lake Zurich sets opening date

Jun 21 2018 | 10:33 am - Sunset Pavilion at Breezewald Park on Lake Zurich will officially open to the public at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 28.

What Ravinia’s renovated dining pavilion now looks like

Jun 20 2018 | 1:41 pm - Construction is complete on the renovated and expanded Ravinia dining pavilion that provides more outdoor seating and open space.

Culver’s opens on Randall Road in St. Charles

Jun 19 2018 | 6:39 pm - Culver’s of St. Charles is now open at 111 S. Randall Road.

First Midwest Bank announces which suburban branches will close

Jun 14 2018 | 9:26 am - First Midwest Bank announced the locations of the 19 branches it plans to close before the end of the year.

Suburban businesses plan to lay off 558 workers

Jun 13 2018 | 4:51 pm - Four suburban companies are expected to cut 558 workers in the upcoming months, according to state documents.

How to get free tacos at Taco Bell today

Jun 13 2018 | 2:06 pm - Taco Bell is giving away free Doritos Locos tacos today because of a game the Golden State Warriors won last week.

Northwestern gains approval to merge with Centegra

Jun 12 2018 | 2:11 pm - After more than two years of discussion, Centegra Health System and Northwestern Medicine have gained regulatory approval to merge on Sept. 1.

Former Zurich headquarters in Schaumburg sold for $86.7 million

Jun 07 2018 | 8:33 am - A Skokie-based real estate investor said Wednesday it purchased the former Zurich North American headquarters in Schaumburg for $86.7 million.

Red Robin offering free burgers to teachers today

Jun 05 2018 | 11:13 am - Now that the school year is coming to a close, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews, is offering free burgers today to teachers and others who work with students.

Prizewinning business journalist: Speed, change essential in company growth

Jun 01 2018 | 4:38 pm - Speed matters, as does a willingness to embrace new tactics and change in the workplace in order to grow as a company, award-winning national journalist Robert Safian told more than 500 business leaders Friday morning.

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