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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Local business leaders share predictions, thoughts about 2018

Jan 19 2018 | 6:58 am - Suburban business leaders share their thoughts on everything from the Federal Reserve and the overhaul of the tax law to if you should put ketchup on your Portillo’s hot dog and prediction on if the Cubs will make the World Series.

Suburbs eye new Apple campus announced Wednesday

Jan 18 2018 | 12:47 pm - Several suburban leaders indicated Wednesday they will attempt to lure Apple to build its newly announced campus in the area. Apple will spend $350 billion in development and create 20,000 U.S. jobs in the next five years.

At Home to replace Geneva’s Gander Mountain in March

Jan 15 2018 | 11:55 am - At Home, a big box home decor retailer, will take the place of Gander Mountain in Geneva this spring.

Funeral services planned for longtime Naperville bank executive

Jan 11 2018 | 6:49 pm - Those who knew Frank G. Slocumb, a longtime executive at BMO Harris Bank, knew they could count on him, his wife, Kay, said Thursday, two days after her husband lost a 6½-year battle to cancer.

Grant Thornton accounting firm hires Diane Swonk

Jan 09 2018 | 7:57 am - Diane Swonk, one of the most recognizable faces in economic forecasting, joined Grant Thornton as its first chief economist, the company said.

Algonquin Gander Mountain not among stores set to reopen

Jan 05 2018 | 10:43 am - Gander Outdoors, formerly known as Gander Mountain, Thursday announced the initial list of retail stores that are scheduled to open in 2018.

Why Better Business Bureau is warning about top scams of year

Jan 04 2018 | 12:36 pm - The Better Business Bureau says phishing now tops the list of consumer scams, taking the place of tax collection scams.

Four suburban Jewel-Osco stores sold

Jan 04 2018 | 8:16 am - The buildings leased to four suburban Jewel-Osco stores have been sold. They are the latest in a long run of high-priced sales of buildings leased to grocery chains.

Marcus Lemonis buys Erehwon Mountain Outfitter

Jan 03 2018 | 2:23 pm - Serial entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis and the host of CNBC’s reality TV show, “The Profit,” said Wednesday that he plans to buy Erehwon Mountain Outfitter, a specialty retailer of outdoor gear and apparel with stores in Kildeer,...

Two area Cost Plus World Market stores closing

Dec 29 2017 | 10:40 am - Cost Plus World Market stores in Northbrook and Chicago confirmed they are closing in January.

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