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Mick Zawislak

Staff Writer
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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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Lincolnshire man proposes at Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show

Dec 17 2014 | 12:29 pm - Lincolnshire resident Vincent Baran pulled off a big surprise last week when he popped the question to his girlfriend, licen Keaskowski, at the drive through holiday light show in Vernon Hills. The pair grew up in the area and have attended the...

Hawthorn Woods wants to get it right on Route 53 recommendation

Dec 16 2014 | 5:43 pm - The Hawthorn Woods village board has agreed that Mayor Joe Mancion can consult with an expert on an as-needed basis regarding the potential impact of a Route 53 extension through the villlage. Mancino is on the financial and land use committees...

Lake County agency to close electronic waste collection sites

Dec 15 2014 | 5:17 pm - The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County plans to begin closing dozens of electronics collection sites, which are operated free to the public, as it determines its next step to fund the program. New contracts being sought with collectors no longer are...

String of ages, birthdays makes 11-12-13-14-15 for Antioch sisters

Dec 12 2014 | 11:00 pm - They were born four years apart, but two Antioch sisters on Saturday will be celebrating a shared birthday with a numerical twist. Jenna and Jessica Lamberty will turn 11 and 15 respectively for a quirky straight: 11-12-13-14-15.

Inaugural program along Fox marks return of bald eagles

Dec 12 2014 | 6:11 am - The return of the bald eagle to northeastern Illinois is regarded as a success story for a species once endangered. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service with other stakeholders will host an eagle watch event Saturday along the Fox River. “Even if...

Community sentiment outweighs support for video gambling in Libertyville

Dec 10 2014 | 3:41 pm - Libertyville trustees have decided not to lift a ban on video gambling, saying the impact on the community overall would outweigh the benefit to some businesses. "There's no compelling reason at this point to have it in Libertyville," said Trustee...

Public to get another venue for comment on proposed truck terminal in Grayslake

Dec 09 2014 | 8:12 pm - What would have been an unusual action by the Lake County Board did not proceed as planned Tuesday. Instead, residents and others will get another chance to provide input into a proposed truck terminal in Grayslake.

Lake County Board’s trucking proposal hearing questioned

Dec 08 2014 | 6:22 pm - In what is considered a rare occurrence, the Lake County Board on Tuesday during a meeting traditionally reserved for committee appointments will consider a change in sewer service with Grayslake. That service would allow for the development of a...

Vernon Hills’ good bond rating helping fund police station

Dec 06 2014 | 12:41 am - A strong local economy and other factors have led bidders to snap up Vernon Hills' top-rated AAA bonds. About $3.6 million of the $5.7 million issue will be used to renovate the police department building. "There was a little bit of a frenzy," said...

Antioch, fire district will again seek tax for ambulance service

Dec 04 2014 | 10:48 pm - Antioch village and fire officials again will ask voters to approve a tax to raise $1.5 million per year to fund ambulance service. The question failed last month and in response the department this week reduced staffing. "We only asked for what was...

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