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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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Keeping your head above water: Expo offers advice on avoiding flooding

Oct 17 2017 | 6:42 pm - The Lake County agency charged with coordinating ways to reduce flood damage is hosting an expo Thursday to help residents stay above water when the inevitable next big storm hits.

Eleven years later, new Lakemoor subdivision set to proceed

Oct 18 2017 | 4:34 pm - After years on the drawing board, a long-planned single-family housing project will be proceeding in Lakemoor. Village officials on Tuesday gave the green light to William Ryan Homes for a 75-home subdivision known as the Savannah on the north side...

Lakemoor starts work to ready Woodman’s site

Oct 16 2017 | 5:51 pm - After more than two years of planning, review and local approvals, tangible work for a proposed Woodman’s Food Market in Lakemoor is underway.

Lake County wants to expand Gurnee program to get residents off couches

Oct 13 2017 | 4:36 pm - Gurnee GO was created to get residents more active; now it’s expanding throughout Lake County

High school students lead effort to protect Liberty Theater

Oct 16 2017 | 8:20 am - A student-led initiative is working to protect the 1930s-era Liberty Theater and raise public awareness in Libertyville about its possible demolition.

Flexibility key for $12 million District 73 kindergarten center

Oct 12 2017 | 5:06 pm - The school board in Vernon Hills-based Hawthorn Elementary District 73 got its first look this week at the layout of a proposed $12 million kindergarten center.

Libertyville train station overhaul derailed by high bids

Oct 12 2017 | 6:39 am - A revamp of Libertyville’s downtown Metra station will be significantly delayed after construction bids come in at twice the $1.1 million budget

Antioch board approves annexation of 71 acres for home plan

Oct 11 2017 | 7:13 am - Annexation, rezoning would clear the way for first big residential development in Antioch in a decade

Matt LaPorte appointed as Mundelein parks recreation superintendent

Oct 10 2017 | 12:15 pm - Matt LaPorte, who has 16 years experience in public recreation, has been named recreation superintendent for Mundelein Park & Recreation District.

Mariano’s 43rd suburban location will open Tuesday in Bannockburn

Oct 10 2017 | 12:12 pm - Mariano’s suburban reach will spread at 6 a.m. Tuesday with the opening of its newest store at the northeast corner of Waukegan Road and Route 22 in Bannockburn.

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