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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Puggle thrown from moving SUV reunited with owners

Jun 26 2017 | 5:27 pm - Mary Neals cried herself to sleep Sunday after Misty, the little Puggle she’d never spent a day without since welcoming her into the family, left their Round Lake Park home and didn’t return. But thanks to a police chief’s sharp...

Recreational uses will fill vacant big box space in Vernon Hills

Jun 24 2017 | 7:11 pm - Vernon Hills officials have agreed to waive a retail use requirement to draw trampoline park and indoor soccer operation to vacant big box store.

Vernon Hills may be next to raise age to buy tobacco to 21

Jun 23 2017 | 7:28 pm - Vernon Hills trustees informally have agreed to raise the age requirment to buy cigarettes and tobacco products from 18 to 21.

Work begins on upscale subdivision on former Cuneo estate in Vernon Hills

Jun 22 2017 | 6:14 am - After more than two years of review, refinement and approvals, Pulte Homes has begun site work building an upscale subdivision on the former Cuneo estate in Vernon Hills.

Young artists create colorful public art in downtown Libertyville

Jun 22 2017 | 4:44 pm - Students from the David Adler Music and Arts Center’s counselor-in-training program are spending the week creating an original mural to liven up what’s being called Artists Alley in downtown Libertyville.

Grassroots group wants health study of Route 53 extension

Jun 20 2017 | 4:33 pm - Opponents of a proposed Route 53 extension into Lake County are seeking support for a study to determine potential health impacts of the highway.

Are Liberty Theater’s days numbered?

Jun 20 2017 | 2:51 pm - Can an old showplace survive in a popular downtown, or will the asking price for the Liberty 1 & 2 Theaters mean it is destined to be cleared for something else? That’s what community leaders and others in Libertyville are trying to determine...

Volunteers begin rehabbing Round Lake Beach house

Jun 16 2017 | 6:34 pm - Volunteers on Friday began work on a house in Round Lake Beach that was bought out of foreclosure at a sheriff’s sale to be rehabbed and resold by the Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County.

Antioch takes steps to spur development on Boylan property

Jun 15 2017 | 6:58 pm - Antioch officials have authorized a study to determine whether a tax increment financing district is an option to spur development on the 50-acre Boylan property.

Lake Villa Township adding ice rink to winter activities

Jun 14 2017 | 4:43 pm - Lake Villa Township plans to install a donated ice hockey rink at Caboose Park this winter. “It’s not a golf course and we’re not spending money,” township Supervisor Dan Venturi said.

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