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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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Antioch Township vet hopes for closure of a 69-year-old wound with Purple Heart ceremony

Aug 01 2014 | 12:06 am - John Trinca, a World War II veteran from the Antioch Township, has been haunted by a failed promise he made 69 years ago to a fellow soldier he barely knew. On Sunday, a lost Purple Heart will be returned to the son of Pvt. Thomas Bateman during a...

Railroad crossing work to close Route 120 in Grayslake

Jul 31 2014 | 5:16 am - Busy Route 120 just west of Route 83 in Grayslake will be closed for 10 days beginning Monday, Aug. 4, for rail crossing repairs. The lengthy detour for drivers will be Alleghany Road to Peterson Road to Route 83. "I usually try to avoid 120...

How the Route 53/120 extension could be funded

Jul 30 2014 | 5:10 am - The education portion is over and the hands-on work of securing numbers for potential ways to pay for a Route 53/120 extension is underway. A panel charged with making recommendations to the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority designated three...

Lake County trying new technology for traffic light system

Jul 29 2014 | 8:34 am - The Lake County Division of Transportation is using a new technology that allows for real-time collection of traffic data and signal timing. The first corridor is being installed along Aptakisic Road in Buffalo Grove, and a second is being...

Lake County sees steady boost in tourism spending

Jul 29 2014 | 1:32 pm - Tourism spending in Lake County showed a steady increase in 2013, topping $1.2 billion, an increase of 1.6 percent from last year. Travel spending generated about $25.8 million in local tax revenue and helped support 10,190 jobs, offiicals said.

Did rain-free run boost Lake County Fair attendance?

Jul 28 2014 | 4:27 pm - The 86th annual Lake County Fair closed Sunday and though final attendance hadn't been tallied, fair officials were optimistic. There were no rain days and new additions such as professional lawn mower racing were said to be crowd favorites.

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...

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