Anna Marie Kukec

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Anna Marie Kukec is a senior writer at the Daily Herald and the Daily Herald Business Ledger, primarily covering business stories on everything from Fortune 500 companies to family-owned businesses.

When foreclosures began to grip the region, she brought the stories of suburban homeowners to the forefront in "The Dream Foreclosed" series. The project won first place in public service from the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association, the Chicago Journalists Association's Sarah Brown Boyden Award in public service, first place from the National Federation of Press Women, first place in the Illinois Woman's Press Association, and meritorious achievement from the Chicago Bar Association Herman Kogan Awards.

Kukec also was part of the reporting team for "Our Uncertain Times," a series about the impact of the recession that earned third place in the 2009 Illinois Associated Press Editors Association Excellence. She has been an occasional guest on ABC 7 and WGN Radio.

Kukec began her career as a reporter, columnist and section editor for the Daily Southtown in Chicago's South suburbs. Afterward, she became a speechwriter and public information officer for the Illinois attorney general's office, serving under both Democrats and Republicans, including gubernatorial candidates. Later, she became a staff reporter for the American Bar Association, where she covered bar associations and various legal cases nationwide.

During those years, her freelance articles appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and other publications.

She has been listed in previous editions of Who's Who in the Media and Communications, Who's Who in the Midwest, and Who's Who of American Women. She was honored with the 1985 Woman of the Year Award, presented by Evergreen Park High School. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Chicago Headline Club, where she had served on various committees and as a vice president, secretary and board director.

Kukec earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications/journalism from St. Xavier University in Chicago. She is married and lived in Elk Grove Village before moving to Chicago. Follow her on Facebook and LinkedIn and as AMKukec on Twitter.

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Pharma’s new exec takes flight for quick transportation

Oct 23 2016 | 9:09 am - Rick Munschauer is a neurologist who worked in academia and other roles with pharmacy companies before becoming vice president and chief medical officer of Northbrook-based Marathon Pharmaceuticals LLC. So he traveled a lot for his work. It...

Fast food equipment maker to expand in Carol Stream

Oct 19 2016 | 5:16 pm - Antunes, which makes food service equipment for McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other chains, plans to expand its headquarters in Carol Stream by late next year.

Merge or not? Voters have final say in recorder, clerk offices

Oct 18 2016 | 6:12 pm - The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted 10-5 in July to allow voters to say whether the recorder’s office should be eliminated and services merged with the clerk’s office. If the proposal is approved by voters, the merger could be...

How entrepreneur's work brought new life into Homewood

Oct 10 2016 | 11:49 am - Genreau’s massive overhaul of the century-old Ravisloe Country Club, along with building the new LaBanque Hotel and La Voute Bistro in Homewood, have enriched the south suburb so much, that more businesses arrived. His vision, and millions of...

Missner buys Lisle office building for $5.1 million

Oct 14 2016 | 4:17 pm - An office building in Lisle, known as the former headquarters for Porsche Cars North America, was sold to The Missner Group for about $5.1 million with plans to remodel and add more tenants.

Recipe stays, but Matt’s Cookies new investors look at changes

Oct 10 2016 | 8:28 am - Matt’s Cookies, a longtime family business based in Wheeling, has been acquired by investors who are looking to make some changes that could boost revenue and production and open new markets. Still, these investors say they’re not...

McShane moves HQ within Rosemont

Sep 28 2016 | 3:48 pm - The McShane Companies, a nationwide real estate development and construction company, said Wednesday it has moved its headquarters from one part of Rosemont to another to make more room for its 100 employees.

Motorola Mobility set for more cuts

Sep 27 2016 | 4:49 pm - Lenovo, the parent of Chicago-based Motorola Mobility, said about 2 percent of the worldwide workforce would be cut. That could mean about 1,000 workers would lose their jobs, but it is unknown how many would be affected in the Chicago headquarters.

Ownership roller-coaster leaves future uncertain for Scale-Tronix workers

Sep 26 2016 | 2:19 pm - When Dave Hale and co-owner Carolyn Lepler decided to sell Carol Stream-based Scale-Tronix, they wanted to make sure the new owners would not lay off their longtime employees. But that’s exactly what might be happening, after the buyer of...

Motorola Solutions acquires Utah company

Sep 26 2016 | 3:45 pm - Chicago-based Motorola Solutions, which has offices in Schaumburg, has acquired Salt Lake City, Utah-based Spillman Technologies.

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