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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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Comedy night at Vernon Hills golf course regarded as added attraction and source of revenue

Apr 17 2015 | 7:34 pm - Is there anything funny about golf? There is if a comedian is in the house. Vernon Hills has booked a comedy night at its 9-hole municipal course as an added attraction and revenue source.

Hawthorn Woods takes exception to Route 53 going through wetland

Apr 16 2015 | 1:52 am - Hawthorn Woods is asking the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority to delay action on the next phase of planning for the proposed Route 53 extension into Lake County until meeting with all communities in the corridor. The village says an alignment...

Hawthorn Woods’ Bark in the Park postponed due to dog flu

Apr 14 2015 | 11:47 pm - Hawthorn Woods has canceled its second annual Bark in the Park gathering on April 25 as a preventive measure against the canine influenza. "I think everybody is understanding and the individuals we've been in contact with are supportive," said...

Athletic field, parking pegged for Brainerd site

Apr 12 2015 | 11:14 pm - With demolition of the former Libertyville High School building, known as the Brainerd building, nearing an end, officials with Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 are making known their plans to redevelop the site with a...

Simultaneous projects expected to cause traffic woes along long stretch of Milwaukee Avenue

Apr 10 2015 | 10:48 pm - Traffic was backed up on Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville Friday afternoon as the rolling lane closures associated with grinding and resurfacing a two-mile stretch south to Route 60 gets underway. In a separate project, Milwaukee Avenue south from...

Lake County authorties seek federal oversight of police-involved shooting investigation

Apr 10 2015 | 6:31 pm - Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim has asked and the FBI to monitor and review the investigation of the April 4 police-involved shooting in which a 17-year old Waukegan teen was killed.

Antioch fire station re-opening planned after tax hike OK’d

Apr 08 2015 | 11:41 pm - The Antioch Fire Department is moving ahead with plans to re-open a third station after voters approved a tax hike to fund ambulance service. The question was posed separately to voters in the village and unincorporated area.

Student achieivement, integration of technology among goals for new District 76 superintendent

Apr 09 2015 | 5:48 pm - Bhavna Sharma-Lewis, superintendent at Riverside District 96, has been chosen from among 44 candidates to lead Diamond Lake District 76. Officials said she is a good fit to continue practices put into place the past few years under Superintendent...

Garrity tops three other write-in candidates for Libertyville board

Apr 08 2015 | 6:47 pm - Pete Garrity was the leadiing vote-getter among four write-in candidates and will take a spot on the Libertyville village board.

Incumbents in, Russell likely out in Volo

Apr 08 2015 | 2:42 pm - Volo will have a new village president for the first time in its history and the long tenure of Burnell Russell has apparently ended as he is running fourth in the race for three seats on the village board.

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