Editorial

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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Lake County Fair hits attendance high

Aug 04 2015 | 6:45 pm - Good weather, the trifecta of motocross, demo derby and rodeo and other factors made this year's Lake County Fair the best attended since the new grounds opened in 2009, officials said.

Lake County forest district gets state OK to lease office space

Aug 03 2015 | 6:26 pm - An amendment to a state law will allow the Lake County Forest Preserve District to lease or sell space at its Libertyville offices.

Final connection of Des Plaines River Trail nears

Aug 01 2015 | 11:03 am - It's a tight fit but key work in completing the last stretch of the 31-mile Des Plaines River Trail in Lake County is well underway.

Northern pike invading Lindenhurst lake

Jul 31 2015 | 7:05 am - A northern pike caught in Lake Linden prompted an advisory group to remind anglers not to transfer fish from one body of water to another.

Car buying rewards program a hit in Libertyville

Jul 28 2015 | 10:54 pm - Libertyville has partnered with local auto dealerships to offer rebates designed to help local businesses and charities.

Libertyville man remembered for wit, adventurous spirit

Jul 29 2015 | 6:08 pm - Carmel Catholic High School graduate and Northwestern engineering student John Francis Thumel of Libertyville died in a Texas car crash. He was 22.

Discussion of Banana Derby an open meetings violation in Lake County?

Jul 27 2015 | 7:19 pm - The Illinois Attorney General's office has determined that further inquiry is warranted on an alleged violation of the Open Meetings Act by the Lake County Board.

Milwaukee Avenue resurfacing heading to home stretch

Jul 27 2015 | 4:47 pm - The contractor for the Milwaukee Avenue resurfacing project in Libertyville is asking permission to work from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. to apply the final surface.

82-year-old Spring Grove man reported missing

Jul 26 2015 | 8:45 am - Lake County sheriff's police are asking the public's help in locating an 82-year-old Spring Grove man who has been reported missing since 2:30 p.m. Friday. Donald Uklega is a diabetic with dementia and does not have his medications, police said.

Name change won’t affect electric service, rates in Vernon Hills

Jul 25 2015 | 5:46 pm - Vernon Hills residents will be getting a letter of clarification regarding a merger of energy companies but the move will have no impact on fees or services.

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