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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Morgan Stanley Foundation grant supports food for kids

Dec 06 2016 | 9:29 pm - The Northern Illinois Food Bank, which covers 13 counties outside Cook County, received a boost Tuesday with a $50,000 donation from the Morgan Stanley Foundation

Lake County Board, forest district keep top leaders

Dec 05 2016 | 4:45 pm - Aaron Lawlor and Ann Maine will remain as the top elected leaders of the Lake County Board and the forest preserve district, respectively, after being unanimously elected Monday by colleagues.

Sea of Santas fills streets of downtown Arlington Heights

Dec 03 2016 | 6:18 pm - The ninth annual Santa Run hosted by the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights drew 1,537 particpants dressed in Santa suits for the club’s biggest annual fundraiser.

Cops from Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire take kids Christmas shopping

Dec 03 2016 | 6:39 pm - Lincolnshire and Vernon Hills police coordinated a Cops and Kids event Saturday which featured lunch at the Vernon Hills station, an extended visit from Santa, a police escort and a $100 gift card provided by Wal-Mart.

Lake County to hold next town hall by telephone

Dec 02 2016 | 12:27 pm - As they consider updating the stragegic plan, Lake County officials will try to reach a larger and more diverse audience than past efforts by holding the first telephone town hall

New senior community opens in Grayslake; more developments coming

Dec 02 2016 | 9:26 am - Lake County’s rapidly growing senior housing market has received its latest addition with Travanse Living at Grayslake on Route 120.

Waukegan “pastor for the people” turns 100

Dec 02 2016 | 5:51 pm - The Rev. W. Gehl Devore, who served 17 years until retiring in 1980 as pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Waukegan, will celebrate his 100th birthday on Sunday.

Four-year pact approved for teachers in Diamond Lake District 76

Nov 30 2016 | 5:57 pm - A four-year contract for Diamond Lake District 76 teachers has been reached after nearly a year and a half of negotiation.

Libertyville High mourns two students, recent grad, retired staff member

Nov 29 2016 | 8:35 pm - Students and stafffers at Libertyville High School are mourning the deaths of two students, a recent graduate and a retired staff member after Thanksgiving.

Former Libertyville mayor Jeff Harger to run again against Terry Weppler

Nov 25 2016 | 11:34 pm - Eight years after being voted out of office, Jeff Harger plans to challenge incumbent Terry Weppler for Libertyville mayor

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