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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Wauconda District 118 sues Lakemoor over new tax designation

Feb 28 2015 | 12:47 am - One day after the Lakemoor village board unanimously approved measures that officially designate two areas near and around the busy Route 120/12 intersection as a special taxing district to spur development, Wauconda Unit District 118 went to court...

Refurbished Antioch Theatre to reopen Friday

Feb 26 2015 | 9:44 am - The refurbished Antioch Theatre will reopen Friday after a $750,000 renovation. "I get overwhelmed with emotion how much this means to the community," said owner Tim Downey.

Lake County health authorities issue alert of potential measles exposure

Feb 27 2015 | 5:45 am - Lake County health officials Thursday cautioned that anyone who visited or worked at a Menards store in Long Grove during about a seven-hour period on Feb. 15 may have been exposed to measles. An alert issued by the department emphasizes there are...

Learn about Washington St. project at Grayslake open house

Feb 24 2015 | 6:54 pm - An open house is set for Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. in Grayslake on the Washington Street underpass project. This and an adjoining project set to begin this summer, will complete the widening and improvement of the main east-west throughfare that has...

Libertyville park sale nearing a conclusion as village board considers townhome plan

Feb 23 2015 | 6:05 pm - The long-awaited development of Bolander Park in Libertyville could be in the cards with pending consideration by the village board. Swanson Development LLC of Lake Forest has a contract to buy the land and buildings for $2.05 million and is...

Man faces child porn charge after taking computer in for repair

Feb 20 2015 | 12:48 pm - A Highland Park was charged with five counts of child pornography after images were found on a computer he dropped off in Vernon Hills for repairs, police say.

High-end rental community in Vernon Hills to add 32 more units to original plan

Feb 20 2015 | 5:27 am - The Oaks of Vernon Hills, a 304-unit luxury rental community under construction, will expand its footprint from the originally approved plan. Citing demand for rentals and less traffic volume, village officials agreed to rezone a portion of the...

McHenry County deputies recount shooting, advise officers

Feb 21 2015 | 9:16 am - McHenry County sheriff's deputies Khalia Satkiewicz and Dwight Maness on Friday recounted being shot last October in Holiday Hills for an attentive audience -- fellow police officers, who want to be prepared. The presentation was intended as a...

Site of razed Vernon Hills animal hoarder house up for sale

Feb 19 2015 | 5:17 am - The site of what was once an infamous animal hoarding house in a quiet Vernon Hills neighborhood is now up for sale to the highest bidder. The frustrating situation that had plagued the community ended nearly three years ago with the demolition of...

Libertyville hosting summit of elected leaders to discuss Route 53

Feb 18 2015 | 1:00 pm - Funding options for the proposed Route 53 extension into central Lake County will be among the issues uo for discussion next month durign a summit of Libertyville-area elected leaders. Mayor Terry Weppler says the session also will give leaders a...

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