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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From Schaumburg to D.C., Harding advocates for those with diabetes

Apr 29 2016 | 11:25 am - Kaili Harding, president of the Schaumburg Business Association, volunteers with the American Diabetes Association to advocate on behalf of those with disabetes, including her 8-year-old daughter.

Portillo’s plans to open in Normal

Apr 28 2016 | 8:56 am - Oak Brook-based Portillo’s Hot Dogs LLC plans to open its 48th restaurant next year in Normal, Illinois.

Former Motorola Harvard campus sells to Chinese firm for $9.3 million

Apr 26 2016 | 5:30 pm - The former Motorola Inc. campus in Harvard has been sold for about $9.3 million to a Chinese company seeking to get various manufacturers into the United States, a Harvard official said Tuesday.

From tech to leather, Island Lake store owner finds a niche

Apr 22 2016 | 2:21 pm - Susie Kleiner of Island Lake left behind her work in technology to partner with a biker enthusiast in a new store called Leathers 4U in Antioch. When she found her father’s leather working tools from the 1960s, she began doing more custom...

Sears Holdings to close 78 Kmart, Sears stores

Apr 21 2016 | 5:55 pm - Sears Holdings is closing 68 Kmart and 10 Sears stores, but none are expected to close in the Chicago area.

Cubs’ Rizzo cereal knocks it out of the Jewel park

Apr 20 2016 | 12:31 pm - Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo doesn’t need Wheaties. He now has his own brand of cereal at Jewel Osco, and it’s flying off the shelves.

Home sales see big increases around suburbs

Apr 19 2016 | 12:22 pm - Heading into the spring season, home sales have seen seen double- and triple-digit percentage increases in some suburbs, according to a study released Tuesday.

HST Materials’ Miller takes small company global

Apr 18 2016 | 10:12 am - While HST Materials in Elk Grove Village. has about 12 full-time and 12 part-time employees, it has boosted its products and services beyond just customizing gaskets, resulting in garnering about 125 customers from nearly 30 industries worldwide.

From acting to hotels, GM aims to bring community back to Hilton

Apr 15 2016 | 1:28 pm - Steven Ellingsen, the son of a NASA Apollo engineer, enjoyed a career in acting before going into the hotel industry 20 years ago. Now he’s the new general manager at the hilton Chicago/Oak Brook hills Resort & Conference Center in Oak Brook.

Young girls explore math, science fields with Tech Savvy

Apr 16 2016 | 5:03 pm - For the third year, Tech Savvy offers a hands-on conference to introduce sixth through ninth grade girls to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, also known as STEM. About 165 young girls attended the all-day program at Oakton...

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