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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Two projects will tie up Route 60 for months in Vernon Hills area

Aug 15 2017 | 11:48 pm - Motorists in Vernon Hills can expect delays in the area of Route 60 for the foreseeable future with one project underway and another pending.

Antioch OKs $250,000 grant to fill vacant department store with Lovin’ bakery

Aug 17 2017 | 8:45 am - Antioch is making a big investment in what is hoped to be an anchor destination downtown. Village officials Monday agreed to provide Lovin’ Oven Cakery a $250,000 grant to renovate and retrofit the vacant former Hannah’s department...

Police: Man kidnapped woman after approaching her on street

Aug 15 2017 | 7:42 pm - A Highland Park man was charged with kidnapping after a woman told police he made sexual advances as she walked down a street early Sunday.

Beer Market wants to expand, rebrand in Vernon Hills

Aug 14 2017 | 4:02 pm - A popular locale for craft beer in Vernon Hills is seeking village approval for a building addition, but the reason for the expansion has raised questions for town officials.

Libertyville officials, residents consider various aspects of flooding

Aug 11 2017 | 1:35 pm - While all agree the storm in mid-July was historic because of its intensity residents and officials in Libertyville want to be prepared in case it happens again

Green Oaks Girl Scout’s last project is gift for firefighters

Aug 11 2017 | 10:05 pm - For the last project of her Girl Scout career, Libertyville High School senior Nora Tucker made giant Jenga and baggo games for local firefighters.

Tree preservation stressed for proposed Libertyville subdivision

Aug 10 2017 | 5:19 pm - Planning for a small residential subdivision on the west side of Butterfield Road in Libertyville will proceed, but village officials made it clear that saving trees is a priority.

Lakemoor hopes to boost crowds at fest’s opening night

Aug 09 2017 | 10:47 pm - Modern Day Romeos will be the headliner Friday night as village officials look to boost attendance on the first night of Lakemoor Fest.

Mundelein District 75 considers borrowing for building improvements

Aug 09 2017 | 2:35 pm - Mundelein Elementary District 75 plans to borrow up to $3.75 million for required life-safety work, including fire alarm upgrades and anti-scalding devices for sinks.

New Lake County transportation chief, public works director to start Aug. 21

Aug 08 2017 | 5:17 pm - New leaders will take the rains Aug. 21 at a pair of key Lake County departments. Shane Schneider has been hired as director/county engineer of the Lake County Division of Transporation, and Rodney Worden will take over public works.

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