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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Long Grove custom home sale to benefit wounded veterans organization

Jun 19 2018 | 11:55 pm - A new custom home in Long Grove is officially finished and for sale for $1.1 million. And profits will be donated to Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors.

Researcher’s quest writes new chapter for historic Lake County cemetery

Jun 17 2018 | 11:21 pm - A researcher’s quest for information about his ancestors drew him to an abandoned graveyard and prompted a move to refresh one of the oldest cemeteries in Lake County.

Lindenhurst wants residents to know what the village does and why

Jun 18 2018 | 6:15 pm - Lindenhurst will offer an academy to educate residents about how the village works.

Popular Lake County program that assesses landscaping now offered for free

Jun 15 2018 | 12:06 am - The popular “Conservation@Home” program is being offered at no cost to property owners in Lake County

Food drive launched across Lake County

Jun 13 2018 | 7:30 pm - A first of its kind effort is intended to collect food for those in need and raise the profile of public works departments.

Hardware store closing marks end of an era in Libertyville

Jun 13 2018 | 7:52 am - After 51 years, Libertyville True Value is liquidating the stock in a store closing sale.

Hawthorn District 73 teachers reject contract offer

Jun 11 2018 | 6:59 pm - School district officials and the Hawthorn Education Association will return to the bargaining table after union rejected a contract offer.

Libertyville considering purchase offer for portion of Sports Complex

Jun 08 2018 | 2:17 pm - Libertyville officials will consider a purchase agreement for a substantial portion of the sports complex property at Route 45 and Peterson Road.

Changes ahead for Lake County’s largest forest preserve

Jun 06 2018 | 4:35 pm - The largest forest preserve in Lake County is turning 50 and needs a reboot after years of wear and tear, its caretaker says.

“Sarge’s Meet and Greet” brings together families of graduating Navy recruits

Jun 06 2018 | 11:22 am - “Sarge’s Meet and Greet” is a long-running weekly event for families of Naval recruits to meet the night before their sailor graduates from boot camp.

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