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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Slate looking for ‘Fresh Start’ in Vernon Hills

Feb 20 2017 | 11:55 pm - Despite an occasional challenger, the Vernon Hills village board has remained largely intact for at least eight years, a situation a slate of “Fresh Start” candidates wants to change in April.

Saving struggling bee populations focus of Lake County seminar

Feb 21 2017 | 4:09 pm - Nationally known experts will convene in Lake Forest next month for a seminar on keeping struggling bee colonies alive and strong. Their discussions could prove essential to our food supplies.

Longtime Vernon Hills Mayor Roger Byrne facing reelection challenge

Feb 18 2017 | 9:59 pm - Roger Byrne, who has been mayor in Vernon Hills since 1993, is being challenged by Don Kathan, who is running on the Fresh Start slate.

Tennis star keeps Super Bowl promise of date with college student from Vernon Hills

Feb 18 2017 | 8:58 am - Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard made good Wednesday on her Super Bowl bet to go on a date with John Goehrke of Vernon Hills. Will there be a second date?

Transparency raised as issue in Libertyville mayoral rematch

Feb 16 2017 | 5:32 pm - Incumbent Libertyville Mayor Terry Weppler is facing a challenge from Jeff Harger, who he defeated for the position in 2009.

Libertyville shares the wealth of downtown district

Feb 15 2017 | 5:26 pm - Libertyville will refund $2.56 million to 10 local governments whose jurisdictions include the village’s downtown tax increment financing district.

Burning season off to early start in Lake County

Feb 14 2017 | 5:08 pm - Lake County Forest Preserve District crews burned 200 acres Tuesday in the Lakewood Forest Preserve just east of Wauconda, as officials are getting an early start to the 2017 controlled burn season due to the unseasonably warm and dry February...

Can CLC Promise eliminate financial roadblock to college?

Feb 14 2017 | 5:11 pm - A pilot program being launched at the College of Lake County in September aims to ensure eligible high school grads can attend the school and graduate regardless of financial limitations.

A look at the referendums on Lake County ballots

Feb 13 2017 | 2:13 pm - Besides picking from a bounty of candidates running for school, village and other local government boards, voters in Lake County this spring also will be deciding issues ranging from a property tax hike for school improvements to the wording on a...

Controlled burns set to begin early in Lake County

Feb 13 2017 | 4:46 pm - Because of the mild, dry weather, the Lake County Forest Preserve District is getting an early jump on its controlled burn season Tuesday, weeks sooner than normal. The burns make native plants more robust, lengthen the growing season and are needed...

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