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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Changes coming to youths sports organization in Vernon Hills

Jan 24 2015 | 1:28 am - Issues with a long-standing youth athletic group in Vernon Hills apparently have shaken out with the announced formation of two new entities to run various sports programs. The change, effective Feb. 1, will result in a restructuring of how sports...

Home building spurt in Hawthorn Woods continues with preliminary approval of Stonebridge subdivision

Jan 22 2015 | 5:42 pm - A home building spurt is continuing in Hawthorn Woods with the preliminaryh approval this week of the Stonebridge subdivision by William Ryan Homes. The 60-home subdivision is planned for south Spencer Loomis Elementary School and North Middle...

Vernon Hills officials check progress on new theater

Jan 20 2015 | 8:02 am - The Vernon Hills village board got a preview Monday of the 12-screen AMC Theatre being built at Westfield Hawthorn shopping center. Scheduled to open May 1, the theater considered a centerpiece of a $50 million plan to refresh and rebrand the...

Local input up next for Route 53 finance recommendations

Jan 21 2015 | 5:37 am - Potential ways to pay for the long-discussed extension of Route 53 into central Lake County moved another step toward a final recommendation. A roster of suggestions including a 4-cent-per-gallon gas tax, a so-called “value capture” on...

New tolls, gas tax to be discussed as ways to fund Rt. 53 extension

Jan 19 2015 | 5:37 pm - A 4-cent-per-gallon fuel tax, new and adjusted tolls on I-94, and a special financing district covering multiple jurisdictions are among the recommendiations of a draft report to be considered Tuesday by members of the Route 53/120 finance...

Growing interest in pickleball sparks call for advisory committee in Fremont Township

Jan 17 2015 | 11:27 pm - Fremont Township is looking for experienced pickleball players to serve on an advisory committee. Because of continued interest in the fast growing activity, the township is considering adding courts at Behm Homestead Park. "I've had a lot of...

Zoning change would allow motorcycle dealer in downtown Libertyville

Jan 15 2015 | 5:01 pm - Libertyville long has been known for its auto dealers, but now interest has arisen in locating an upscale motorcycle dealership in the heart of downtown. A village panel has recommended a zoning change that would clear the way for it to happen.

‘Lake County Life’ launched to highlight area

Jan 15 2015 | 7:00 pm - "Lake County Life," a website and video highlighting the county's attributes was launched Thursday at an annual leaders summit. The initiative is meant to help tell Lake County's story and define what makes it special, officials said.

Lake County OK’s incentives up to $530K for semiconductor company

Jan 13 2015 | 7:29 pm - The Lake County Board on Tuesday approved up to $530,000 in incentives over five years to AKHAN Semiconductor Inc. to relocate its headquarters, manufacturing, research and development facilities to Gurnee. The sales and property tax incentives are...

Lake County OKs expanded sewer service in Grayslake for truck terminal

Jan 13 2015 | 7:44 pm - The Lake County Board on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to extend sewer service to the far southeast part of Grayslake for a proposed truck terminal. Officials in neiighboring Mundelein said that village has the means to provide service to the area...

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