Anna Marie Kukec

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Anna Marie Kukec has been a business and technology writer for the Daily Herald since 2000, covering everything from Fortune 500 companies to family-owned businesses.

She also has extensively covered residential foreclosures throughout the suburbs, and her "The Dream Foreclosed" project on that subject 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" project 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 Economist, now called SouthtownStar newspapers in Chicago's South suburbs.

In 1989, she became a speechwriter and public information officer for the Illinois attorney general's office, serving under Democrats and gubernatorial candidates Neil Hartigan and Roland Burris as well as Republican Jim Ryan. In 1995, she became a staff reporter for the American Bar Association, where she covered bar associations and various legal cases nationwide.

During those years, Kukec also has written freelance articles for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and other publications.

She has been listed in past 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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Images: An Hour in ... Rosemont

Aug 28 2015 | 1:33 pm - We spent one hour -- no more, no less -- roaming around Rosemont and photographing things that caught our eye. The obvious and the obscure, big stuff and small. But all identifiable to Rosemont.

Girls Who Code founder started her volunteerism in Schaumburg

Aug 28 2015 | 11:55 am - Schaumburg native Reshma Saujani, who founded Girls Who Code, is coming home to be the keynote speaker at the 29th annual Entrepreneurial Woman's Conference.

State of Suburbs: Shoppers demand updated malls

Aug 31 2015 | 12:07 pm - Several suburban malls are undergoing transformations or sizable facelifts and expansions. They include Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee, The Quad in St. Charles, Westfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills and Randhurst...

State of Suburbs: A manufacturing renaissance?

Aug 29 2015 | 11:46 am - The Elk Grove Industrial Park, Sunstar development in Schaumburg, Bridge Developing in Libertyville and IDI Gazely in Antioch are among the manufacturing areas that have shown growth.

Devalued Chinese currency mixed news for suburban manufacturers

Aug 24 2015 | 6:05 pm - The devaluation of China’s yuan currency that led to a plunging stock market could bring mixed results to manufacturers in the suburbs and elsewhere, experts said Monday.

Naperville’s woman launches book project to help young girls

Aug 20 2015 | 3:58 pm - Kukec's People features Cindy Harris of Naperville, a mother of five children and community volunteer, who ha launched a book project to help young girls aspire to new heights.

Walgreens cuts 370 jobs

Aug 18 2015 | 10:46 am - Walgreens Boots Alliance said Tuesday that is has cut 370 jobs, including 270 at its offices in Deerfield, Northbrook, Lincolnshire, Bannockburn and Mount Prospect. It's part of its ongoing restructuring since it merged with Boots Alliance.

White House floral designer brings roots to suburban store

Aug 16 2015 | 7:25 am - A florist who's designed arrangements for presidents, the Academy Awards and other high-profile events has now opened a store in Hinsdale.

At the speed of technology, WAV founder keeps it versatile

Aug 07 2015 | 12:26 pm - Kukec's People features Norm Dumbroff, founder of WAV Wireless Outfitters in Aurora, who is keeping an eye out for continued expansion of the 25-year-old company and a possible NASCAR race in his future.

McDonald’s cuts another 225 jobs

Aug 06 2015 | 4:42 pm - McDonald's said Thursday in a state report that it has cut 135 positions at its Oak Brook headquarters and another 90 jobs overseas, as part of its ongoing restructuring to save its bottom line. Other companies also posted cuts.

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