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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Mission accomplished for Operation Stand Down

Aug 30 2015 | 9:53 am - Groups helping veterans say they are dropping the one-day Operation Stand Down that provided clothing and services to veterans in need, and instead are shifting focus to a more targeted approach.

Libertyville parks office move paves way for townhouse plan

Aug 28 2015 | 10:55 pm - A former construction company office that for years housed park administration offices and programs has moved to the Libertyville Sports Complex, making way for a proposed townhouse development..

State of the Suburbs: Recreation finds creative ways to expand

Aug 29 2015 | 1:21 pm - From golf course renovations to construction of fitness centers growth in public recreation facilities and initiatives abound throughout the suburbs.

Kemper Lakes home plan draws criticism from a Hawthorn Woods neighbor

Aug 26 2015 | 4:50 pm - Expensive homes proposed at the Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer may add value to the area but at least one nearby Hawthorn Woods resident has issues with the plan.

Libertyville OKs federally mandated upgrade for police radios

Aug 26 2015 | 5:31 pm - Libertyville is the most recent suburb to approve an upgrade in police radios that’s being touted as a vast improvement in communication for law enforcement officers.

Lakemoor looking for bits of its history

Aug 21 2015 | 5:31 am - The scraps of metal collected by Lakemoor resident John Guenther aren’t valuable in the traditional sense but have piqued his desire to learn what else is out there. Now Guenther is on a mission to start a historical society and form a group...

Route 53 extension opponents rally to convince residents in person

Aug 19 2015 | 6:47 pm - Opposition to the proposed extension of Route 53 into Lake County percolates as the revived push for the controversial project continues.

Little Green Oaks lands big senior living project

Aug 18 2015 | 6:18 pm - Denver-based Spectrum Retirement Communities LLC is expanding in the suburbs with a facility on the site of a former nursery in Green Oaks.

Final vote pending for new Mexican restaurant in Vernon Hills

Aug 17 2015 | 7:23 pm - An upscale Mexican restaurant is the planned anchor for the renovation of an office building in Vernon Hills but a parking variation will require a two-thirds majority vote.

What kind of playground can you get for $550,000?

Aug 16 2015 | 10:43 am - The Vernon Hills Park District needs $550,000 to rebuild The Kids' Castle playground in Vernon Hills. One avenue they're trying: corporate sponsors.

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