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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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Lake County boasts two National Blue Ribbon school winners

Oct 01 2014 | 6:59 pm - Rockland public school in Libertyville and Prince of Peace Catholic School in Lake Villa have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made the announcement Tuesday. Schools are named based on overall...

Avon Township assessor says work continues despite closed office

Sep 29 2014 | 4:29 pm - The office is closed but Avon Township Assessor Chris Ditton says he has been on duty without a staff and working on pending appeals. “People aren’t being denied any service. Absolutely not,” Ditton said Monday. The unusual...

Avon Twp. assessor closes office, remains out of reach

Sep 27 2014 | 12:36 am - A budget dispute has resulted in the closure of the Avon Township assessor's office, and visitors and callers are being directed to the Lake County assessor's office. Township Supervisor Lisa Rusch, once an ally of Assessor Christopher Ditton, has...

Mundelein offering Medline $1.8 million to stay in town

Sep 26 2014 | 5:06 am - Medline Industries Inc., is considering whether to relocate its Mundelein headquarters and 1,600 jobs or expand on the 57-acre campus on Route 60. The village has agreed to provide up to $1.8 million in incentives and the company is said to also be...

Mundelein District 75 teachers authorize strike after contract talks stall

Sep 26 2014 | 10:26 am - A second case of labor uncertainty has hit Lake County as teachers in Mundelein Elementary District 75 this week voted 122 to 13 to authorize a strike.The contract with the district and the Mundelein Elementary Education Association ended June 30,...

Gavin District 37: 3 teachers didn't report 'inappropriate conduct'

Sep 25 2014 | 3:36 pm - The investigation into an instructor authorities say molested a student at Gavin Elementary District 37 has grown to include new questions about whether other teachers had reason to report concerns but failed to do so. In a Sept. 19 letter about the...

New Rollins Road to open to traffic but drivers will face detours

Sep 23 2014 | 4:58 pm - For the first time in years, drivers on Rollins Road at Route 83 in Round Lake Beach won't be stuck by commuter and freight trains. Traffic is scheduled to be shifted Thursday to a newly constucted Rollins Road that runs beneath a railroad bridge.

Libertyville asked to delay video gambling decision

Sep 23 2014 | 12:57 am - Libertyville may take a short breather before reconsidering video gambling in town. A decision whether to allow it is on the village board agenda for Tuesday, but it could be postponed to give officials more time to hear from the public. “A...

Grayslake fire district cites declining revenue in seeking tax hike

Sep 19 2014 | 11:19 pm - The Grayslake Fire Protection District is seeking a tax rate increase to fund operations. Voters in 2008 approved a tax hike but a drop in property values meant the expected revenue didn't materialize, according to Fire Chief John Christian. "This...

Library advocate resigns from Cook board to pursue advanced degree

Sep 22 2014 | 6:11 pm - Joe Bean, a Cook Memorial Public Library District trustee plans on resigning from the post. Bean, 70, has moved to Springfield to pursue an advanced degree. "It's a big loss for the district," said board President Bonnie Quirk. The district will...

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