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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Proposal for Libertyville park envisions Craftsman-style townhomes

Jul 26 2014 | 7:26 am - The long-envisioned sale of Bolander Park in Libertyville for $2.05 million appears to be nearing a conclusion. Lake Forest developer Rick Swanson has proposed a 56-unit Craftsman-style townhouse development. The 5 acre park is about a quarter mile...

Young Lake County Fair leaders behind effort to honor vets

Jul 24 2014 | 6:45 pm - Military in uniform always are admitted free to the Lake County Fair, but on Thursday the courtesy was extended to all veterans as part of the inaugural Veterans Day at the fair. "Overwhelmingly, everyone wanted to honor the veterans," said Sheri...

Mundelein teen gets second chance at play after surgery to remove brain tumor

Jul 24 2014 | 3:06 pm - Mundelein High School senior Monica Tipperreiter had her heart set on playing one of the leads in the school's spring musical until the discovery of a brain tumor dashed her hopes. Now the school is restaging the production Friday night to give her...

Menards gets final approval in Vernon Hills

Jul 23 2014 | 4:40 pm - After nine months of review and several changes, a proposed two-story Menards home improvement center at Milwaukee Avenue and Gregg's Parkway in Vernon Hills has received official approval from the village. The final change requires the store's...

Lake County ending annual health fair for kids

Jul 23 2014 | 12:06 pm - An annual program that has offered free immunizations and other health-related services for Lake County children since 1993 has run its course. The Kids 1st Health Fair Aug. 6 at Juarez Middle School in Waukegan will be the last. Officials cited the...

Vernon Hills' Maggiano's is sixth Chicago area location

Jul 22 2014 | 5:46 am - Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant opened Monday at Wesfield Hawthorn shopping center in Vernon Hills. Village officials hailed the chain as being quality addition and evidence of steady progress in a $50 million mall renovation. "Maggiano's has...

Round Lake Beach approves Meijer plan for Mallard Creek shopping center

Jul 19 2014 | 7:30 am - Round Lake Beach officials this week approved a development agreement for a proposed Meijer superstore and related uses at the Mallard Creek shopping center. Long vacant Walmart and Dominick's stores would be demolished as part of the proposed...

Road work not expected to hamper Lake County Fair

Jul 18 2014 | 5:26 am - Be it a new locale, muddy parking or bad weather, the past few years have posed some challenges for the Lake County Fair. The 2014 version, which begins Wednesday, faces road work at its front door but that's not expected to create problems for...

Sister Hazel headlines Summer Celebration in Vernon Hils

Jul 14 2014 | 12:34 pm - The annual Summer Celebration festival in Vernon Hills will be held Thursday, July 17, through Sunday, July 20. Rock band Sister Hazel is the headliner on Saturday.

Mosquitoes in Deerfield tests positive for West Nile

Jul 16 2014 | 4:33 pm - A batch of mosquitoes in Deerfield sampled July 8 was the first confirmed indicator of the presence of West Nile virus in Lake County. A West Nile hotline to report stagnant water or to get information is (847) 377-8300.

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