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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Fruits of voter funding approval to be seen this summer in District 76

Feb 21 2018 | 6:42 pm - Diamond Lake District 76 this summer will begin several school renovations with voter-approved funding.

Mundelein’s top cop named 2018 Chief of the Year

Feb 21 2018 | 6:55 pm - Mundelein Police Chief Eric Guenther has been named 2018 Chief of the Year by statewide organization.

Mundelein District 75 looks to raise funds by selling headquarters

Feb 20 2018 | 5:27 pm - District 75 thinks the timing is right to sell its administrative office building in downtown Mundelein.

Oak Grove superintendent adds desks to wish list for poor school in Mexico

Feb 19 2018 | 7:13 pm - Oak Grove District 68 Superintendent Lonny Lemon, who for years has been collecting and donating pencils to a poor school in Mexico, has taken the goodwill effort to another level.

Park district weighs future of 50-year-old Lake Bluff Golf Club

Feb 20 2018 | 8:14 am - The Lake Bluff Park District is seeking public input at a pair of upcoming meetings before deciding whether to continue operating the Lake Bluff Golf Club.

Libertyville taxing districts to get share of $2.65 million rebate

Feb 16 2018 | 12:10 pm - Libertyville is rebating an estimated $2.65 million in property taxes to 10 local governments covering a special financing district downtown.

13-year-old charged in 2016 Libertyville gun store break-in

Feb 16 2018 | 8:24 am - A 13-year-old Wheeling boy has been linked to a break-in and robbery at a Libertyville gun store in 2016.

Libertyville OKs contract to remove bridge truss; how long will it take?

Feb 15 2018 | 12:37 pm - Libertyville officials have approved a contract to remove and scrap the nearly century-old decorative truss on the Rockland Road bridge over the Des Plaines River.

Cadaver/tracking dog to join Lake County coroner’s office

Feb 13 2018 | 4:50 pm - Bones, a one-year old Belgian Malinois is in training to become Lake County’s first cadaver dog.

$399 million Lake Forest hospital to open March 3

Feb 12 2018 | 6:03 pm - Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital said to offer cutting-edge medicine in a comfortable environment.

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