Editorial

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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District 75 to introduce Spanish/English immersion program

Feb 08 2016 | 4:40 pm - Some Mundelein kindergartners will have the option this fall of starting school in a 50/50 English and Spanish class, which - if they stick with it for their school career - educators believe will ultimately expand their college and career options.

Lake County Board Dist. 5 GOP hopefuls oppose tax hike to buy land

Feb 06 2016 | 12:29 am - Voters should not be asked to replenish funds to buy more property for forest preserves, the three Republican candidates for the Lake County Board District 5 seat agree.

Vernon Hills has questions about Cuneo site development

Feb 04 2016 | 11:22 am - Vernon Hills officials informally advanced a plan for a gated, private community of 128 homes on the grounds of the Cuneo Museum and Gardens but still have questions regarding Pulte Homes’ proposal.

Lake County forest board balks at cell tower lease extension request

Feb 02 2016 | 1:30 pm - Lake County forest district officials are open to potential revenue from new cell towers, but say a proposed lease extension for an existing tower at Bluebird Meadow Forest Preserve doesn’t meet guidelines.

$2.1 million for dog park? Lake County forest officials scrutinize

Feb 01 2016 | 5:23 pm - Lake County Forest Preserve District commissioners will closely review their list of proposed capital improvement projects, including a $2.1 million dog exercise area, as part the budget process this year.

Thrift shop celebrates grand re-opening in Schauburg

Feb 02 2016 | 4:35 pm - The Shelter Inc., resale store in Schaumburg was busy Saturday as it celebrated a grand re-opening and fresh look.

Why it's harder to recycle your old TV

Jan 31 2016 | 8:17 am - The lighter weight of new technology has made it more difficult find places to dispose of heavy, old TVs that are inundating suburban drop-off sites and dominating collection events.

ComEd’s smart meter system upgrade coming to Libertyville

Jan 29 2016 | 4:44 pm - The majority of the 10,677 electric meters in Libertyville will be replaced by ComEd with smart meters by fall.

Lake County Board chairman’s pay up for discussion

Jan 25 2016 | 5:32 pm - A Lake County board committee on Wednesday is scheduled to discuss the chairman of the county board’s compensation, which lags behind that in other counties.

Libertyville parking deck plan to be redesigned and construction delayed

Jan 22 2016 | 1:33 pm - A parking deck plan for downtown Libertyville will be modified and construction likely delayed because of much higher than expected bids.

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