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Steve Zalusky

Staff Writer
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Steve Zalusky joined the Daily Herald on Sept. 11, 2000, and currently is a part-time reporter covering the village of Buffalo Grove and acting as a general assignment reporter on Sundays.

Prior to the Daily Herald, he worked for Pioneer Press, Press Publications, the Kane County Chronicle and Press-Republican Newspapers, all in the Chicago suburbs. Steve has been a Peter Lisagor Award finalist, for a project on suburban growth for Pioneer Press. He has won other reporting awards, including the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association. He is proud of the knowledge he has gained on his various beats, which have included county government in three of the collar counties, Lake, Kane and DuPage.

Steve graduated from New Trier West High School in Northfield and received a bachelor's degree in comparative literature and a master's in journalism at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

A homeowner in Arlington Heights for over a decade, he lives there with his wife and son. Outside of journalism, his interests include vintage jazz and old movies, reading, playing piano (privately) and walking along Lake Michigan. Find him on Facebook as Steve Zalusky.

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Mt. Prospect board debates couple’s lakeside deck

Aug 20 2014 | 5:03 pm - Andrew and Alice Kalinowski's new patio and deck behind their Mount Prospect home has been widely praised by neighbors and even Mayor Arlene Juracek. But it also violates village zoning rules. Now village leaders are trying to decide how to bring...

Dawn Patrol: Aurora police seek leads in fatal shooting; bat attack

Aug 18 2014 | 6:00 am - Aurora police seek leads in fatal weekend shooting; no term limits in Arlington Heights’ near future; Round Lake Park gang unit charges teen with marijuana possession; bat attack reported at Palatine theater; White Sox hang on to beat Jays;...

Bat attack reported at Palatine theater

Aug 17 2014 | 6:31 pm - The Palatine Fire Department responded to a call Sunday of a bat attacking a woman in a historic theater in the village’s downtown. The bite victim, according to preliminary reports, did not require transportation to a hospital.

Round Lake Park gang unit charges teen with marijuana possession

Aug 18 2014 | 6:51 am - A Round Lake Beach teen was arrested on charges of marijuana possession Friday by Round Lake Park and federal law enforcement authorities conducting operations in the area of a recent shooting.

SUVs collide in Lake Zurich, no serious injuries reported

Aug 17 2014 | 6:36 pm - Traffic was tied up briefly on Route 12 in Lake Zurich Sunday afternoon after two SUVs collided, sending one of the vehicles onto its side and the other off the roadway, according to Lake Zurich Fire Department. No one was seriously injured in the...

Main break leaves downtown Elgin residents without water

Aug 17 2014 | 7:00 pm - Residents in downtown Elgin went without water for several hours Sunday after a water main broke, the city’s fire department reported. Officials said that at 4:30 a.m. large amounts of water were reported pouring onto State Street from...

So far, so good for Mount Prospect’s bottom line

Aug 16 2014 | 11:22 pm - Halfway into 2014, Mount Prospect is trending toward a financial surplus for the current budget year. Officials say village revenues are projected $567,500 over expectations, thanks in part to growth in sales tax receipts.

U-46 teachers approve new contract

Aug 15 2014 | 8:27 pm - The U-46 school board is expected to vote Monday on a contract agreement for 2014-17 with the Elgin Teachers Association, officials say. The roughly 2,500 association members approved the agreement Friday; the vote was 1,292 in favor of the 2014-17...

Ye Olde Town Inn payout won't raise inusrance rates much, official says

Aug 16 2014 | 4:13 pm - The roughly $6 million payout to Ye Olde Town Inn from Mount Prospect's insurance carrier won't have a big impact on the village's future insurance premiums, Finance Director Dave Erb said this week. “This payment eats into some of the...

Naperville triathlon draws first-timers and veteran competitors

Aug 10 2014 | 5:43 pm - First-time triathletes mingled freely with more experienced competitors Sunday at the Orbea Naperville Sprint Triathlon held at Centennial Beach. Race Director Bill Burke said the event, now in its 14th year, is the perfect entry-level triathlon for...

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