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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BP to move 200 workers from Naperville to Chicago

Feb 08 2016 | 11:05 am - BP in Naperville plans to move about 200 of its workers to downtown Chicago by this summer. The company said it is reorganizing its staff and it has not been gived any incentives from Chicago for the move.

Long hours go into chocolate holiday for Guinness Record chef in Geneva

Feb 08 2016 | 6:30 am - Chef Alain Roby, owner of the All Chocolate Kitchen in downtown Geneva, is preparing for one of his most hectic chocolate holidays - Valentine's Day.

Will Rosemont firm's helmets reduce football concussions?

Feb 05 2016 | 11:22 am - Many of the players taking the field in Sunday's Super Bowl will wear helmets made by Rosemont-based Riddell. The company focuses on making and testing helmets that better protect football players at a time when the NFL and other football programs...

Will Tribune Publishing use Ferro’s cash to bring digital to new level?

Feb 04 2016 | 8:21 pm - Michael W. Ferro Jr., who used an investment team to buy the floundering Chicago Sun-Times, now has organized many of the same investors to provide a $44.4 million cash boost to Tribune Publishing Co.

Tech CEO keeps his creative side busy with band, filmmaking

Jan 29 2016 | 3:58 pm - Libertyville resident Patrick Stakenas may be a CEO of a tech company, but he enjoys his creative side, like playing for a band and even producing some documentaries for a filmmaking company.

Rough start to the year? The rest could be better

Jan 25 2016 | 10:16 am - This year has started out rough: profit losses at corporations; store closures from Sears, Walmart and Macy’s; and the Dow plunged as low as 500 points. If this is how January is unfolding, what’s going to happen to the rest of the...

Glen Ellyn shop owner trades in life on the road for Main Street

Jan 18 2016 | 9:46 am - Jill Foucré walks away from a successful career in the health insurance industry to open a cooking and a gourmet cheese shop in Glen Ellyn. Choosing Main Street over an endless road of travel was the right choice, she said.

Continental’s smart windows, fobs and other technology coming soon to your car

Jan 16 2016 | 1:56 pm - Continental Corp. unveiled stunning consumer-oriented technologies for cars and trucks during the CES show in Las Vegas and then brought it Friday to its offices in Deer Park. The company aims to advance technology features, from smart windows to...

Richelieu Foods to open facility in Wheeling

Jan 14 2016 | 6:29 pm - Richelieu Foods expands its manufacturing operations in Wheeling and will add 125 new workers.

Advocate to acquire 56 Walgreens clinics

Jan 11 2016 | 6:09 am - Downers Grove-based Advocate Health Care is expected to announce today that it is buying 56 walk-in clinics in the region from Deerfield-based Walgreen Alliance Boots.

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