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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PM&L Theatre looks to expand its space and offerings in downtown Antioch

Mar 27 2015 | 4:46 pm - The not-for-profit PM&L Theatre in downtown Antioch is in the midst of a campaign to expand its space and offerings. shows. "It's going to put more life on Main Street," said Lorrie Ferguson, vice president of marketing.

Police: Round Lake Beach man driving drunk with kids in car

Mar 25 2015 | 4:46 pm - A Round Lake Beach man was driving with a blood alcohol level more than four times the legal limit Saturday night when police pulled him over and found three children in his car, authorities said Wednesday. Julio Cordova faces three coutns of DUI...

Road work set to begin in Libertyville, Lake Zurich

Mar 25 2015 | 7:16 pm - Lake County drivers can expect construction-related delays in the weeks ahead as resurfacing and other work begins on three major roadways. Resurfacing work will begin soon on Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville and Vernon Hills, and Rand Road near...

Vernon Hills police station $3.7M renovation set to begin

Mar 24 2015 | 5:21 pm - Staging for the $3.7 million renovation of the Vernon Hills police headquarters and an adjoining building is expected to begin next week. The wedge-shapped headquarters at 754 Lakeview Parkway built in 1992 is considered outdated and underused.

Spring snow results in numerous crashes

Mar 23 2015 | 9:28 am - A late season snowfall snarled traffic Monday morning. Slow travel and accidents were reported throughout the area.

Tracer round injures four people, shakes windows in Lindenhurst

Mar 24 2015 | 5:45 am - A tracer round exploded Saturday when a military reservist in Lindenhurst tried to light with a torch. Four people were injured, and the blast shook windows in Lindenhurst, police said.

Dawn Patrol: Fatal hospital stabbing; snow hits the area

Mar 23 2015 | 7:41 am - Charges yet to be filed in fatal hospital stabbing; winter’s not done with us yet; state’s attorney pledges to fight hate crimes against suburban Sikhs; Aurora man who broke legs in Starved Rock fall could face charges; Kane public...

Libertyville to consider reinstating utility tax if state cuts funding

Mar 23 2015 | 2:57 pm - The proposed reduction in state income tax revenue would cost Libertyville $1 million, officials say. Reviving or increasing utility taxes and other measures are among the options village officials will be consiering to close that gap.

Tear down or save? Mundelein to consider possibilities for old village hall

Mar 21 2015 | 3:10 am - The disposition of Mundelein's old village hall is nearing a conclusion after an extensive study to be revealed Monday at a village board meeting. It includes estimated costs to remodel or demolish the 1929 structure. "It's one long project with...

Fund started for family who lost home in fire

Mar 20 2015 | 5:06 am - An Antioch-area resident has started a fund to help a family that lost their home and belongings after a fire Sunday. "A neighbor came by and said, `These people's house burned down and they needed cat food,'" said Jennifer Jamerson. "I took it from...

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