Mick Zawislak

Staff Writer
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Mick Zawislak joined the Daily Herald in 2000 and has been based in Lake County since 2002, where his primary areas of responsibility include covering Lake County government, Lake County Forest Preserve District, Libertyville, Vernon Hills and other communities and several school and park districts.

Zawislak is familiar with the nooks and crannies of Lake County and considers the back roads as important as the main drags.

Be it discussions about an expansion of a tollway through Lake County or the establishment of the first Ping-Pong club at an elementary school, Zawislak strives to give readers a personal view. His series of stories regarding the discovery of vinyl chloride in residential wells near Wauconda, for example, helped lead to renewed study of a Superfund landfill site and a multi-million dollar switch of more than 400 homes to municipal water.

Before coming to the Daily Herald, Zawislak worked for the Courier-News in Elgin, one of several suburban Copley Newspapers, now owned by the Sun-Times News Group. While at the Courier-News, he had a range of responsibilities over a broad coverage area focusing on Elgin, one of the largest communities in Illinois outside Chicago. He developed a variety of general interest, news, business and feature stories in the area and helped shape the focus of various projects while participating as a main writer. Those efforts netted several awards, including one from the Illinois Associated Press Editors for an examination of water supplies and the changing face of Elgin, a river town that had seen its traditional industrial and retail base erode.

Zawislak has a particular interest in history and the historical preservation of our communities and neighborhoods and has written several pieces that put our past into perspective.

He is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in mass communication. A native South Sider, Zawislak has lived and worked in several communities and counties and has a first-hand perspective of issues throughout the suburbs. Zawislak's personal interests include playing golf erratically and following Major League Baseball. His preference can be summed up in two words: Go Sox.

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Illinois at 200 years: The suburbs could have been Wisconsin

Dec 10 2017 | 12:21 am - The northern boundary originally set for Illinois was at the southern tip of Lake Michigan, which would have put Chicago in Wisconsin and established the Green Bay Packers as the home football team.

Nippersink trail connection near Round Lake wrapping up

Dec 07 2017 | 4:25 pm - Work on a trail connection from Cedar Lake Road west to the Nippersink Forest Preserve near Round Lake is wrapping up.

Spring opening set for new Lake County history museum in Libertyville

Dec 06 2017 | 7:15 am - The relocated and repurposed historical museum operated by the Lake County Forest Preserve District is scheduled to open March 24 in Libertyville.

Tax hike likely to be trimmed for Libertyville neighborhood

Dec 06 2017 | 7:21 pm - Residents in one Libertyville subdivision likely will see a tax hike next year, but not as much as first considered.

Cell tower on forest preserve property nixed after public opposition

Dec 04 2017 | 5:19 pm - Public opposition heeded as Lake County Forest Preserve District rejects proposed cell tower at Countryside Golf Club

Merger will strengthen conservation efforts in Lake County

Dec 02 2017 | 10:26 am - Conserve Lake County wants to increase its impact by merging with Chicago-based Openlands.

Libertyville expected to trim 2018 road repair program

Nov 30 2017 | 7:17 pm - Libertyville will be scaling back its road repair program for 2018 in anticipation of three big pending projects.

You can see Lakewood home with every nook decorated for holidays

Nov 29 2017 | 11:36 pm - Many enjoy decorating extravagantly for the holidays, but it’s going to be hard to top the transformation inside Jennie Longfield’s home.

Group looks for alternatives to Route 53 extension

Nov 28 2017 | 7:21 am - A new campaign called “Go Lake County” aims to find better alternatives to relieving traffic congestion than the proposed extension of Route 53 from Lake-Cook Road to Route 120.

Switch to Lake Michigan water nears in Lindenhurst

Nov 24 2017 | 11:34 pm - After years of discussion, planning and construction, Lindenhurst is set to switch from wells to Lake Michigan as its water source early next week.

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