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Mick Zawislak

Staff Writer

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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Downtown Libertyville braces for rail crossing work

Apr 23 2014 | 12:07 pm - Traffic will be detoured around downtown Libertyville for about five days beginning May 2 while emergency repairs are made to the Metra commuter rail crossing at Milwaukee Avenue. The village and businesses are preparing for the latest traffic...

Lake County school earns state’s only green ribbon

Apr 23 2014 | 7:02 pm - Woodland Primary School in Gages Lake has been honored by the U.S. Department of Education for its achievements in environmental education and practice, as weill as improved health and wellness. The school is one of 48 in the U.S. so named a Green...

What to expect this spring after suburbs’ brutal winter

Apr 21 2014 | 5:45 am - Despite some stubborn spurts, the tough winter is pretty much in the rearview mirror. So, as we emerge from hibernation and head outdoors, what fallout will we find on nature from all of that extreme cold and heavy snow? Probably not as much as one...

Millions in road, water and sewer work in Libertyville budget

Apr 21 2014 | 5:31 pm - Libertyville officials on Tuesday are expected to approve a $59.3 million budget, which calls for about $7 million or 13 percent more in spending than the current year. The general fund, which covers day-to-day expenses, is balanced with $25 million...

Vernon Hills trustees take next step in proposed $3.5 million police station remodel

Apr 17 2014 | 10:08 am - A potential $3.5 million renovation of the Vernon Hills police department headquarters has moved from the discussion stage as village officials informally have approved a contract for architectural services to take the work out to bid.

Libertyville seeks options to ease downtown parking crunch

Apr 15 2014 | 5:32 pm - With efforts to increase available parking on the east side of Milwaukee Avenue stymied, Libertyville officials have shifted their focus to the west side. Adding another level to a parking deck completed in 2009 is a possibility.

Frogs’ mating call is music to Lake County biologists

Apr 14 2014 | 11:47 pm - An effort to reintroduce the wood frog into a Lake County forest preserve has met with success as the mating call was heard last week -- the first documented instance in about 25 years. “That was huge for us,” explained Allison...

Too much of a good thing in downtown Libertyville?

Apr 12 2014 | 8:52 am - A surge in restaurants has brought a lot of visitors to downtown Libertyville. Is it too many? Mayor Terry Weppler says he will suggest a moratorium on increased seating in restaurants to studying parking issues. "It's a good problem but we've got...

Last call for Mickey Finn's brew pub before move to bigger Libertyville space

Apr 12 2014 | 8:59 am - Mickey Finn's, a familiar gathering place whose name has become synonymous with Libertyville, will have last call this Sunday before moving to a larger renovated facility just down Milwaukee Avenue. "Nobody knew what to ko with this buidling, but...

Lake forest preserve invests in nose-friendly toilets

Apr 11 2014 | 1:49 pm - Lake County Forest Preserve District officials want visitors to have a better experience when nature calls. The district will be replacing 10 toilet structures that are 20 or more years old with odor-reducing "evaporator" facilities at the...

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