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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Lake County forest preserve goes green with new vehicle

Nov 29 2015 | 6:33 pm - The Lake County Forest Preserve District's is deploying its first all-electric vehicle, which will be used by ranger police for patrols and searches. “The reason we went electrical is people go out on the trail to walk or ride their bike,...

Hawthorn Woods solidifies Rt. 53 opposition

Nov 26 2015 | 12:37 am - Hawthorn Woods has solidified its opposition to a proposed Route 53 extension through the community.

Lakemoor uses hack as opportunity to improve website

Nov 24 2015 | 5:58 pm - A hack of the village’s website in September caused a major inconvenience for Lakemoor, but the intrusion also left an opportunity to create a better site for residents , officials say.

New shuttle bus planned for Vernon Hills seniors

Nov 23 2015 | 3:36 pm - Seniors in Vernon Hills will be getting a fresh set of wheels with the pending replacement of the village shuttle that provides free rides in and around town. The village plans to spend about $55,000 for the new shuttle.

Libertyville touts its wares in first promotional video

Nov 20 2015 | 7:35 pm - Libertyville has released its first promotional video in hopes of getting people to visit more often and stay longer.

Lake County readies for big snow

Nov 20 2015 | 3:56 pm - The Lake County Division of Transportation readies for the first snowfall of the season and has advice for motorists.

Downtown Libertyville expects parking crunch while deck is built

Nov 20 2015 | 9:14 am - Construction of a parking deck in downtown Libertyville is expected to provide relief, but village officials are preparing for a crunch during its construction.

Survey to detail likes, dislikes with Lake County forest preserve facilities

Nov 18 2015 | 10:24 am - The Lake County Forest Preserve District will be taking the pulse of residents in a pending awareness, attitude and usage survey.

Small piece of tollway budget draws response from supporters, foes of Route 53 extension

Nov 18 2015 | 6:51 pm - The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority held a public hearing in Libertyville Tuesday on its proposed $1.3 billion 2016 operating budget, but it was tiny slice of the spending plan - about $5.8 million thatc ould be used to study the Route 53...

Vernon Hills considers $20M incentive to develop Rt. 21/60 corner

Nov 17 2015 | 9:07 am - Vernon Hills officials are considering an incentive that could amount to $20 million for development at routes 21 and 60.

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