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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Home building could be boost for Lakemoor

Jun 30 2015 | 12:45 am - Renewed interest in new housing in Lakemoor could be a catalyst for commercial development, Lakemoor officials say.

Lake County touts time, gas savings for drivers

Jun 28 2015 | 10:07 am - Signal timing, one of the least noticeable but most important parts of Lake County's road program, has saved travelers lots of time and nearly $10 million, according to a new study.

Group works to improve Des Plaines River quality

Jun 26 2015 | 11:16 am - Libertyville and Lincolnshire are the latest towns to join a consortium of communities to improve Des Plaines River water quality.

Key trail connection nears in Libertyville Township

Jun 24 2015 | 11:10 pm - Construction of a key trail connection between northwest Libertyville and a regional trail system is expected to begin soon.

Sturgis east? Throttle Fest biker rally comes to Grayslake

Jun 23 2015 | 12:38 pm - Four years after his last Ironhorse Roundup of motorcycle enthusiasts, Libertyville promoter Mark Khayat promises a "Sturgis rally experience" this weekend at Throttle Fest Chicago 2015.

Libertyville Sports Complex patrons send regards to Blackhawks

Jun 22 2015 | 1:48 pm - Libertyville Sports Complex patrons gave a personalized thank-you and congratulations to the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks

Best friends on road trip of a lifetime: 30 stadiums, 30 cities in 30 days

Jun 20 2015 | 7:53 pm - You and your best friend have a month to travel. Where do you go? To 30 baseball stadiums in 30 cities in 30 days, of course.

Electronics drop-off overwhelming Wauconda Township

Jun 19 2015 | 7:26 pm - Wauconda Township is seeing more residents dropping off unwanted electronics for recycling and may ask for help to continue the service

Blackhawks autograph session Day 1 in Vernon Hills: Hossa and Teravainen

Jun 19 2015 | 10:20 pm - Fresh off a Stanley Cup victory and a parade seen by millions, championship Blackhawks teammates Marian Hossa and Teuvo Teravainen shared the love and signed autographs in Vernon Hills.

Round Lake hires consultant to help lure business to village

Jun 17 2015 | 12:37 am - No grand openings are planned yet, but Round Lake has hired help to market the villlage and attract business.

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