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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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State of suburbs: Investors pump new life into business

Aug 29 2015 | 11:48 am - Suburban economic development leaders and business experts are optimistic about the outlook and like what they see when it comes to business growth.

Why a suburban man opened a Chick-fil-A in Kildeer

Aug 21 2015 | 11:54 am - Allen Ordeanu, a Spanish teacher at the time, was so impressed with Chick-fil-A while vacationing that he decided to open one of his own. He and his wife operate the Kildeer eatery.

Images: An hour in Lake Zurich

Aug 13 2015 | 12:20 pm - We spent one hour — no more, no less — photographing some of the things that make Lake Zurich unique. Among them: the town's namesake lake, high school sports stadium that's finally under construction and nearby lakes.

Nutriad invests $4 million in Hampshire facility

Jul 16 2015 | 4:51 pm - Nutriad Inc., recently invested about $4 million in a new facility in Hampshire to double capacity and meet hefty growth targets. The expansion at 201 Flanagan Road brings two Elgin facilities together so that offices, laboratories and production...

Local nurse builds 600-employee private home health care firm

Jul 10 2015 | 11:24 am - When Molly Miceli started her company 26 years ago, she was on the cutting edge of an industry that was set to explode. Today, she employees 600 people.

Father-daughter team sets healthy goal for fundraisers

Jun 04 2015 | 11:32 pm - Tired of buying wrapping paper and cookie dough to support your school or local sports team? A father daughter team created a healthier alternative.

Mundelein’s Apak to expand in Racine

May 06 2015 | 4:21 pm - A Mundelein company that focuses on packaging dry ingredient food items announced plans to expand its operations in a new facility in Racine, Wisconsin.

Vernon Hills company starts as printer, now makes hotel supplies

May 01 2015 | 5:33 pm - American Hotel Register Company started in Chicago in 1865 as a printer of hotel registration books.Through the years, the global company with more than 900 employees has changed drastically and now is associated with an array of products from...

How local man went from car lover to drum maker

Apr 24 2015 | 8:00 am - Mike Dorfman, founder of Trick Drums in Arlington Heights, said his car racing background led him to start the company, which makes drum sets out of metal instead of out of wood.

Economist: Winter weather hampering economy

Mar 04 2015 | 3:00 pm - About 500 business community leaders attended a Lake County Partners economic breakfast Wednesday morning where Economist Diane Swonk said we are going from a Wall Street to a Main Street economy. Economic Architect Mark Lautman spoke about economic...

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