Kim Mikus

Editor/Daily Herald Business Products
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Kim Mikus has served as a business writer with an emphasis on retail trends, consumer issues and small business since the mid-1990s.

As a senior writer, she follows development in the local business industry as well as a wide array of other suburban business issues. Mikus has her own column featuring small business that runs several times a week. The column explores new and unique businesses located in the Daily Herald's suburban footprint. It gives readers information about what the small business community has to offer as well as how and why these ventures get started.

Prior to covering business, Mikus covered crime, school issues and city government for several years. She regularly fills in on the Daily Herald's new dawn patrol reporting mission that involves posting breaking news directly to the website in the early-morning hours.

Mikus also appears regularly on ABC 7 News on Sunday mornings, where her focus is discussing consumer stories that she has written. She has a strong ability to see the latest trends while in their infancy stages, including, for example, the popularity of WebKinz and Silly Banz. The seasoned business journalist enjoys writing about business and the economy as it drives the news in many ways.

It affects the job market, real estate, politics, funding for education and just about everything else in our daily lives.

Mikus graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a journalism major, pursuing an interest in the industry that started at the age of 10 when she delivered a weekly newspaper on her bike in Libertyville, where she grew up. She was later involved in reporting and writing at Libertyville High School. Today, she lives in Lake Zurich with her husband and two children.

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Shodeen Hospitality opens outdoor wedding venue in Geneva

Apr 25 2016 | 3:48 pm - Planning a wedding for this summer? A new outdoor wedding venue, Herrington Plaza, along the Fox River in Geneva is now an option. Shodeen Hospitality says bookings are taking place for 2016 wedding season.

Hospitality and tourism leaders optimistic about upcoming year

May 12 2016 | 4:31 pm - With hotels and convention centers undergoing renovations, event bookings strong and the start of the summer tourism season, suburban hospitality leaders are optimistic about the year ahead.

New hot dog joint Michael’s DawgHouse opens in Palatine

Mar 25 2016 | 8:15 am - Mike Marras is planning a grand opening of his new Palatine restaurant, Michael’s DawgHouse.

Lake Zurich Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store to close next month

Mar 02 2016 | 10:41 am - After operating for nearly 25 years in Lake Zurich, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store will close next month.

Ten Ninety Beer Company moves operations, plans suburban taproom

Feb 25 2016 | 3:47 pm - Ten Ninety Beer Company is opening its own facility in Glenview and plans to launch a tap room within the next month. The high end beer is also sold at an array of area grocery stores.

Quick-growing MOD Pizza opens Saturday in Vernon Hills

Feb 24 2016 | 5:33 pm - Seattle-based MOD Pizza is opening its newest location Saturday along Milwaukee Avenue near Townline Road in Vernon Hills.

Journalist, Carmel alumna, arrested in Bahrain

Feb 16 2016 | 6:40 pm - A journalist who grew up in Wauconda has been released from police custody after being arrested during a protest in Bahrain, according to news reports.

Report: Kroger looks to buy Fresh Market grocery stores

Feb 12 2016 | 12:32 pm - Kroger, the largest grocery store chain in the U.S., might be headed to the cash register again as it looks to buy Fresh Market Inc., a specialty grocery retailer that has been exploring a sale, according to a Reuters report released today.

Diane Swonk leaves Mesirow Financial

Jan 05 2016 | 5:38 pm - Diane Swonk, one of the most recognizable faces in economic forecasting, left her post as chief economist at Mesirow Financial.

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