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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Grayslake fire district cites declining revenue in seeking tax hike

Sep 19 2014 | 11:19 pm - The Grayslake Fire Protection District is seeking a tax rate increase to fund operations. Voters in 2008 approved a tax hike but a drop in property values meant the expected revenue didn't materialize, according to Fire Chief John Christian. "This...

Library advocate resigns from Cook board to pursue advanced degree

Sep 19 2014 | 6:56 pm - Joe Bean, a Cook Memorial Public Library District trustee plans on resigning from the post. Bean, 70, has moved to Springfield to pursue an advanced degree. "It's a big loss for the district," said board President Bonnie Quirk. The district will...

Lake Zurich seeks home rule to raise revenue

Sep 19 2014 | 1:13 am - Exactly what happens if Lake Zurich becomes a home rule community likely will be determined at budget time, but village officials say there is no shortage of need for increased revenue. That’s the bottom line behind a measure voters will...

Big subdivision would boost Hawthorn Woods’ Main Street plan

Sep 16 2014 | 10:35 pm - Pulte Home Corp. is proposing a 221-home subdivision in Hawthorn Woods. The walkable community would feature four distinct neighborhoods targeted to different generations. The plan also envisions a 7-acre commercial area at Midlothian and Gilmer...

Spending cuts needed in Springfield, 62nd District candidates say

Sep 15 2014 | 7:39 pm - Democratic state Rep. Sam Yingling of Grayslake is facing Republican challenger Rod Drobinski of Wauconda in the race for the 62nd District House seat. Both candidates say the 2011 state income tax hike should be allowed to expire as scheduled.

Advocate, NorthShore merger means 16 hospitals, 3 million patients

Sep 12 2014 | 11:25 pm - The merger of Advocate Health Care and Northshore University Health Care System announced Friday aims to create the largest health care system in Illinois that will focus heavily on outpatient and home care and provide more technology to communicate...

Downtown Libertyville parking plans move to west side

Sep 12 2014 | 12:25 am - More parking remains a priorty in downtown Libertyville as new or planned restaurants bring more attract more customers. A language change in an agreement between the village and other taxing bodies regarding a special financing district will ensure...

Grant High receives $25,500 grant from Discover Financial

Sep 10 2014 | 6:45 pm - Grant High School received a $25,500 grant from the Discover Financial Services to augment financial education. The money will be used for equipment, including 30 iPads, teacher training and applications.

Gurnee man is first reported Lake County West Nile case

Sep 09 2014 | 6:37 pm - A 48-year-old Gurnee man was the first confirmed human case of West Nile, according to the Lake County Health Department. Cool, wet weather has limited the Culex mosquito, that can carry the virus, according to Mike Adam, senior biologist. "We want...

Mundelein-based Medline sends exam gloves to help in Ebola relief effort

Sep 10 2014 | 4:35 pm - Mundelein-based Medline Industries Inc. has provided 360,000 pair of exam gloves to an Ebola relief effort in West Africa. "The gloves are huge," said Jan Mazotti, spokewoman for Project CURE the Colorado-based relief organization.

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