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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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.

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...

Pete Miller’s Wheeling restaurant sold for $2.4 million

Sep 23 2016 | 11:25 am - The recently shuttered Pete Miller’s Steak House on Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling has been sold to a private investor for about $2.4 million.

Lou Malnati’s partners with BDT

Sep 21 2016 | 2:18 pm - Lou Malnati’s Pizza is partnering with BDT Capital Partners in order to help it expand around the Chicago and suburban market and elsewhere.

Nypro expands in Gurnee

Sep 20 2016 | 4:17 pm - Nypro, which makes equipment for the health care industry, will break ground on Monday to nearly double its existing facility in Gurnee and add up to 60 more employees.

Investors take Matt’s Cookies to new level, aim for new packaging and markets

Sep 12 2016 | 1:43 pm - Long-time Matt’s Cookies can expect the same recipe, but new owners will be iving the package a face-lift and tweak other parts of the business.

Sears to close 2 more stores, 64 Kmarts by December

Sep 19 2016 | 4:40 pm - Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings plans to close 64 more stores by mid-December and liquidation sales will start on Thursday.

Inland sells Naperville’s Freedom Commons property

Sep 20 2016 | 10:20 am - Oak Brook-based Inland Private Capital Corp. said Monday it has sold the Freedom Commons property in Naperville for an undisclosed amount.

Abbott sells eye surgery products unit to Johnson & Johnson

Sep 16 2016 | 5:21 pm - Libertyville Township-based Abbott has sold a unit that makes equipment for cataract and other eye surgeries to Johnson & Johnson for about $4.3 billion in cash.

Adesa to offer dealers unique ways to bid on used vehicles in Hoffman

Sep 12 2016 | 5:50 pm - Adesa, a wholesale auction operator of used vehicles, opens Oct. 28 and will feature eight lanes of simultaneous auctions both online and in house, along with a restaurant and cyber lounge right in the middle of all the action.

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