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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Former OfficeMax headquarters to be renovated to attract millennials

Apr 23 2018 | 3:26 pm - The former OfficeMax headquarters in Naperville has been purchased and will be redeveloped into a multi-tenant office building designed to attract millennials, officials said.

People still do wear ties

Apr 23 2018 | 10:31 am - Mike Martyka is running a company in Mundelein that sold just shy of one million ties last year.

A look inside a $4M Chicago condo reportedly purchased by Chance the Rapper

Apr 20 2018 | 2:35 pm - Chance the Rapper is reportedly buying a $4 million Streeterville condo that a Rosemont company photographed for the real estate listings.

Kooker’s to move from Barrington to Lake Zurich

Apr 19 2018 | 8:10 am - After operating in Barrington for about 28 years, Kooker’s restaurant is moving to Lake Zurich.

Grand Victoria Casino sold for $327 million

Apr 16 2018 | 1:55 pm - The Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin has been sold for $327.5 million. MGM Resorts International along with its venture partner are selling the casino to Eldorado Resorts.

Peapod partners with Wildfire, Big Bowl restaurants to provide meal kits

Apr 18 2018 | 3:17 pm - Online grocer Peapod said it is teaming up with Wildfire and Big Bowl to expand its meal kit line with its first restaurant collaboration.

Escape the Room opening at Oakbrook Center this month

Apr 12 2018 | 7:56 am - Escape The Room, with 20 locations across the country, is opening this month at Oakbrook Center.

Navistar to cut 207 jobs, 37 more than originally planned

Apr 11 2018 | 4:07 pm - Lisle-based Navistar reported that it will cut 207 jobs when it stops making engines at its Melrose Park facility, according to state documents released Wednesday. This is 37 more jobs than originally announced.

Middleby CEO’s ovens bring heat, light, hope to refugees

Apr 10 2018 | 6:01 pm - Selim Bassoul is a hands-on CEO of a rapidly growing Elgin-based kitchen-supply maker with about 8,500 global employees and has two young children at home, yet finds it important to give his time to others in need.

Komatsu America moving headquarters from Rolling Meadows to Chicago

Apr 10 2018 | 8:54 pm - Komatsu America Corp., a global heavy equipment manufacturer, plans to move the company headquarters from Rolling Meadows to Chicago in two years.

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