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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New municipal building represents milestone for tiny Lakemoor

Mar 27 2017 | 7:27 pm - A yearslong push to change the image of Lakemoor from a distant backwater to a desirable place to live and do business is taking a big step forward Tuesday with the opening of a new municipal center.

Libertyville High School students quiz mayoral candidates

Mar 24 2017 | 5:36 pm - Libertyville High School students learned about local politics Friday as Mayor Terry Weppler and challenger Jeff Harger answered questions during a town-hall meeting at the school.

Lovin Oven Cakery to expand in Antioch

Mar 24 2017 | 5:30 pm - Lovin Oven Cakery is planning to renovate a 39,000-square-foot space in Antioch for its flagship location

Six seats, but only four will win in District 79

Mar 23 2017 | 5:11 pm - In an unusual situation, six seats on the seven-member Fremont District 79 school board are up for election next month, but only four of them are contested.

Growth fuels another building expansion for Rust-Oleum in Vernon Hills

Mar 23 2017 | 5:13 pm - Rust-Oleum Corporation, a mainstay in Vernon Hills, will expand its headquarters to create an additional 108 work stations and 10 meeting rooms.

Rejected subdivision ‘not right for Libertyville’

Mar 22 2017 | 7:01 pm - Citing traffic, safety and other concerns, Libertyville trustees on Tuesday unanimously rejected a proposal for the 148-home Oak Trails plan west of Butterfield Road. “This project is not right for Libertyville,” Trustee Jay Justice...

Libertyville’s fight with emerald ash borer nears end

Mar 21 2017 | 11:08 pm - Because of favorable bids, Libertyville officials have opted to accelerate its program to remove infected ash trees and bring its program to an end

Continued growth on Vernon Hills’ to-do list

Mar 21 2017 | 8:36 am - Continuing economic growth, an early incentive payoff and partnership with local agencies on various projects were among the successes cited Monday by Vernon Hills Mayor Roger Byrne in his State of the Village address.

Hawthorn District 73 hopefuls discuss upcoming referendum

Mar 18 2017 | 5:56 pm - Candidates for the Hawthorn District 73 school board may vary on the amount but think taxpayer help will be needed in any case to solve space concerns.

Green ribbons in Libertyville supporting artist with cancer

Mar 16 2017 | 6:12 pm - More than just decorations, the green ribbons popping up in downtown Libertyville this year are a show of support for Shannon Schweiger, an effervescent and well-known presence in town, in her fight against recently diagnosed cancer.

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