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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New president, Fed will determine U.S. economy, expert says at Palatine event

Oct 09 2015 | 8:30 am - Robert Genetski, an economist and author, said Thursday we're on a rocky path unless the Federal Reserve and a new president can pull us out of an impending recession.

New smart thermostat program aims to save energy, costs

Oct 08 2015 | 1:09 pm - State and federal authorities, along with local utilities, will be announcing a new program to encourage consumers to install smart thermostats in their homes to save energy and related costs.

Portillo’s to open first Wisconsin restaurant

Oct 07 2015 | 10:06 am - Oak Brook-based Portillo's Hot Dogs continues to expand with plans to open its first Wisconsin restaurant. The Brookfield, Wis., mayor visited the restaurant in Vernon Hills and was so impressed, he gave it his stamp of approval.

Verizon to move 900 workers from Elgin to Rolling Meadows

Oct 05 2015 | 7:38 pm - Verizon Wireless is moving 900 workers from its call center in Elgin to an expanded office complex in Rolling Meadows. It has plans for a multimillion-dollar remodel that will include adding about 200 more workers.

Interview prep firm tunes in through music

Oct 01 2015 | 2:49 pm - Kukec's People features three women from Downers Grove who met by forming a singing group for a fundraiser. It later led to forming a company to help people prepare for job interviews.

Forum: Companies also are seeking women to enter field

Oct 05 2015 | 11:15 am - Finding qualified job candidates and developing the next generation of workers are priorities so manufacturers can remain viable in the future, experts said Thursday.

Suburban fans cheer on their Cubbies

Sep 26 2015 | 4:35 pm - Kaylee Mueller of Pingree Grove and her bridesmaids couldn't wait to celebrate her upcoming wedding, and it just so happens it was to be at Wrigley Field today during the Pirates game. Even the groom-to-be Eric Barber will enjoy the "Last swing...

Percussion mecca The Drum Pad to close after 30 years

Sep 23 2015 | 2:31 pm - The Drum Pad in Palatine, which has sold percussion equipment and provided lessons to countless musicians for about 30 years, is closing. Owner Jim Streich plans to retire, but he'll remember workshops and performances by notable drummers including...

Holiday Inn swaps sites, new Comfort Inn opens in Arlington Heights

Sep 22 2015 | 9:37 am - The Holiday Inn Express moved from one side of Arlington Heights Road to the other, while a new Comfort Inn moved into the old site. The Arlington Heights hotels will combine their grand openings Tuesday.

Suburban investor spices up new career

Sep 18 2015 | 2:42 pm - Kukec's People features Michael Brindza of Downers Grove, who left the financial futures industry to back a new hot sauce that is now in about 600 stores. Oak Brook-based All Spice Cafe could go national.

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