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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Mount Prospect restaurateur keeps tradition going in Crystal Lake

Jun 27 2016 | 4:31 pm - Chef Chris Barth and his wife, Lorraine, owners of Retro Bistro in Mount Prospect, have opened a second restaurant in Crystal Lake. They carry on their family ties and food traditions.

Suburban companies with ties to Britain face changes, uncertainty

Jun 24 2016 | 4:39 pm - While the United Kingdom prepares to exit the EU, many suburban companies like Pillarhouse USA in Elk Grove Village will closely watch the developments and how they affect the exchange rate as well as business operations there. About 200 Chicago and...

Advocate, NorthShore hospital merger on hold

Jun 17 2016 | 5:28 pm - A federal judge Friday approved a motion by state and federal authorities to put the Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem merger on hold.

Pediatrics association moving from Elk Grove to Itasca

Jun 15 2016 | 6:04 pm - The American Academy of Pediatrics is moving its headquarters from Elk Grove Village to a newly constructed building Itasca that should be ready by fall 2017.

Pinball wizard Stern sees growth worldwide, makes village its new hub

Jun 14 2016 | 9:37 am - When Stern Pinball Inc. moves from Melrose Park to Elk Grove Village next month, it will make the suburb a global hub for manufacturing the next generation of iconic pinball games.

McDonald's confirms headquarters moving to Chicago

Jun 13 2016 | 9:19 pm - McDonald's Corp. Monday confirmed it will move its long-time headquarters and training facility from Oak Brook to Chicago by the spring of 2018.

Yorkville set to produce more Skittles

Jun 13 2016 | 6:36 pm - Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.'s Skittles just got a boost in production. The company Tuesday plans to unveil its new production line for making Skittles candy in Yorkville, where it added 75 jobs.

Theater, restaurant work help shape executives skills at Libertyville’s MBX

Jun 10 2016 | 11:17 am - Before Jill Bellak became president of Libertyville-based MBX Systems, she worked her way up the ranks of the company, which is typical in many companies. But before that, she learned the basics of hard work, discipline and team work in other ways...

How an Oak Brook business hit jackpot with Urlacher campaign

Jun 12 2016 | 7:02 pm - Oak Brook-based Restore by Katona was perhaps just another hair restoration firm sought by balding men and women until a new advertising campaign featuring client and former Chicago Bear, Brian Urlacher, kept the phones ringing nonstop.

Cancer not sidetracking Skarr from community, family activities

May 23 2016 | 7:23 am - Mike Skarr, former chamber and economic development executive in DuPage County, faces another challenge with prostate cancer. After treatment, he plans to keep up a busy schedule.

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