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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Motorcycle dealership could be coming to downtown Libertyville

Jan 29 2015 | 10:18 am - An Indian Motorcycle dealership could be among the next new businesses in downtown Libertyville. The village board informally has approved a change in the zoning code to allow motorcycle dealerships in the commercial core area.

Principal in Diamond Lake District 76 leaves for neighboring district

Jan 28 2015 | 5:13 pm - A veteran Diamond Lake School District 76 administrator has landed a new job at a neighboring district. Tanya Fergus, who has served as principal of Fairhaven School the past six years, has been hired by Mundelein District 75 to fill the same role...

Years of planning leads to new elevator at St. Matthew Church & School

Jan 28 2015 | 12:32 pm - There is no shortage of milestones at St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School, now in its 152nd year at the same location on Old McHenry Road in Hawthorn Woods. The latest one is a new elevator that will be dedicated Feb. 15.

Lake County Sheriff’s K-9 unit revived with donation to pay for three dogs and training

Jan 27 2015 | 5:25 pm - A substantial charitable contribution will allow the Lake County Sheriff's Office to restore its K-9 program. The contribution will allow for the purchase and training of three dogs that are used to locate suspects, find missing people, detect...

Motorist finds rifle of Lake County Sheriff's sergeant in street

Jan 28 2015 | 6:00 am - The actions of a Lake County Sheriff's police sergeant are under administrative review after a rifle placed on the trunk of the sergeant's car fell off while driving and later was found on a Volo residential street by a motorist.

School looking for instruments to jump-start a jazz band

Jan 26 2015 | 4:55 pm - A jazz band would give student musicians a chance to be more visible in the community and perform outside of class, says Kyle Baltzer, music teacher at John T. Magee Middle School in Round Lake. He has started an instrument drive to spark the...

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...

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...

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...

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