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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District 70, teachers agree to 5-year contract

Apr 24 2018 | 4:33 pm - After several weeks of talks, a new contract has been reached with teachers in Libertyville Elementary District 70

Park upgrade could have other benefits for Antioch neighborhood

Apr 23 2018 | 8:48 am - The benefits of planned improvements at Heartland Park in Antioch extend well beyond new and better recreational amenties for the neighborhood’s residents.

Lakemoor commission considers request for backyard chickens

Apr 24 2018 | 8:32 pm - A public hearing to consider the sometimes divisive question of raising chickens in residential areas will be held Tuesday in Lakemoor.

Pocket park planned for Vernon Hills’ shuttered Laschen Center

Apr 20 2018 | 8:37 pm - Vernon Hills has hired a firm to design a park to replace shuttered Laschen Community Center, which is expected to be demolished in the fall.

Discolored water complaints drop in Prairie Pointe

Apr 19 2018 | 6:56 pm - The number of complaints regarding discolored water in the unincorporated Prairie Pointe subdivision has dwindled as expedited repairs to the iron filtering system continue.

More green planned for Century Park in Vernon Hills

Apr 18 2018 | 6:49 pm - The Vernon Hills Park District is proceeding with plans to create a gateway north of Route 60 to its flagship Century Park

Keeping safe in troubled times requires a plan, Lake County authorities say

Apr 17 2018 | 5:40 pm - Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran and members of his staff say having a multi-hazard plan is the key to being safe in a dangerous time

Dispelling myths among goals of 'open hours' at Libertyville mosque

Apr 19 2018 | 6:39 am - Islamic Foundation North in Libertyville is hosting a series of “open hours” in 2018 to build relationships with neighbors.

IDOT to update Vernon Hills on $73 million Route 45 widening project

Apr 16 2018 | 6:24 pm - Status of $73 million project to widen Route 45 from Route 60 in Mundelein through Vernon Hills to Route 22 in Lincolnshire to be discussed

$1.9 million master plan proposed for David Adler Music & Arts Center

Apr 13 2018 | 7:17 pm - Directors of the David Adler Music & Arts Center in Libertyville are pursuing a master plan to enhance the legacy for another 100 years

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