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Mick Zawislak

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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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Little Free Library proposal not right for Lake County forest preserve district, committee says

Aug 26 2014 | 11:43 pm - A Lake County Forest Preserve District committee decided that while a good program, a Little Free Library proposed by the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer and Hawthorn Woods should not be located in the Heron Creek Forest Preserve because the...

Bank executive appointed to Libertyville village board

Aug 27 2014 | 5:14 pm - Banking executive Scott Adams has been named to fill a vacancy on the Libertyville village board. Adams has extensive community involvement with a focus on issues involving the downtown area. He replaced Jim Moran, who resigned because he moved just...

Libertyville trustees to reconsider video gambling ban

Aug 27 2014 | 7:02 pm - Libertyville trustees will reconsider a five-year- old village ban on video gambling. The possible change came in response to a request by bar owner Ed Downing. "When I saw people were doing very will with it, I said, 'Why can't we have it in...

Wood Dale man charged in Lincolnshire heroin overdose death

Aug 25 2014 | 1:45 pm - A Wood Dale man has been charged with drug-induced homicide regarding the death last month of a 26-year old Lincolnshire resident. John S. Smolinski is held in Lake County jail on $500,000 bail in connection with the death that was reported July 28.

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital begins $378 million project

Aug 22 2014 | 6:07 pm - Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital welcomed a new era Friday with the ceremonial groundbreaking of a new $378 million hospital to replace the existing facility. The new hospital, scheduled to open in 2017, will have 114 private inpatient...

Anti-bullying campaign gets big boost from senator, former Bear

Aug 21 2014 | 11:29 pm - Former Chicago Bears lineman James "Big Cat" Williams joined U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Thursday in Libertyville to film a public service announcement for an anti-bullying campaign. The 6-foot, 8-inch Williams said he, too, was bullied as a youth. "I...

Vernon Hills police say several reports of public indecency under investigation

Aug 22 2014 | 5:56 am - Vernon Hills police are investigating several reports of public indecency in the past two weeks at various locations in the village.

Traffic signal to be installed on Gregg’s Parkway in Vernon Hills

Aug 21 2014 | 12:29 am - A traffic signal to be installed on Gregg's Parkway and Lakeview Parkway in Vernon Hills will be coordinated with another one to the east in advance of the new Menards store expected to open next summer. The store at Gregg's Parkway and Milwaukee...

Lake County courthouse expansion moving ahead

Aug 19 2014 | 11:55 pm - Pre-construction work on a $94 million Lake County court expansion project in downtown Waukegan is expected to begin this fall. The work includes an eight-story building with 15 courtrooms and the renovation of the adjoining Babcox facility to...

Playground improvements slated for two Vernon Hills parks

Aug 18 2014 | 4:43 pm - The Vernon Hills Park District will host meetings Saturday for residents at Stone Fence Farm and Augusta parks to present various options for playground replacement.

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