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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Chick-fil-A tests new family style meal initiative

Jul 19 2017 | 4:27 pm - Chick-fil-A is testing a new family style meal initiative in an effort to cater to busy customers who want to eat together as a family at home.

Gymboree to close 16 Illinois stores

Jul 13 2017 | 12:12 am - Gymboree, a children’s clothing retailer, is closing 350 stores, including 16 of its Illinois locations.

Jewel launches one-eyed mascot named JoJo

Jun 28 2017 | 1:09 pm - Jewel-Osco has introduced its first mascot, a red, furry, one-eyed, gender-neutral character named JoJo.

Small batch craft distillery scores award for bourbon

Jun 21 2017 | 1:10 pm - Fox River Distilling Company in Geneva has garnered yet another award for its bourbon.

Iconic La Grange restaurant Magic Wok to close

Jun 20 2017 | 3:59 pm - After 40 years of providing Chinese cuisine to the La Grange community, family owned and operated Magic Wok is on June 30 as the owners plan to retire.

Arlington Heights housing, retail project to be done early next year

Jun 14 2017 | 3:49 pm - A new construction company has been hired to finish the seven-story Parkview Apartment project in downtown Arlington Heights. The delayed project, which includes affordable housing, should be done early next year.

Pepper Construction to break ground on IKEA’s first Wisconsin store

Jun 08 2017 | 8:11 am - Swedish retailer Ikea is breaking ground on its first Wisconsin store later this month. Pepper Construction, with offices in Barrington, is the construction manager for the 291,000-square-foot store.

Harper College dedicates lab to former CEO of Bison Gear

May 24 2017 | 12:26 pm - Two manufacturing associations have awarded a joint $50,000 endowment to fund Harper College scholarships in memory of manufacturing leader Ron Bullock, former CEO of Bison Gear and a former NAM and IMA board member. The school also dedicated a lab...

Panera Bread opens in Mundelein

May 16 2017 | 7:00 am - A new Panera Bread bakery-cafe recently opened in Mundelein.

Former Cubby Bear North set to open as event venue

May 12 2017 | 2:24 pm - The former Cubby Bear North, once a popular place to watch sporting events, has been renovated into a trendy event space scheduled to open May 19.

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