Mick Zawislak

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Mick Zawislak joined the Daily Herald in 2000 and has been based in Lake County since 2002, where his primary areas of responsibility include covering Lake County government, Lake County Forest Preserve District, Libertyville, Vernon Hills and other communities and several school and park districts.

Zawislak is familiar with the nooks and crannies of Lake County and considers the back roads as important as the main drags.

Be it discussions about an expansion of a tollway through Lake County or the establishment of the first Ping-Pong club at an elementary school, Zawislak strives to give readers a personal view. His series of stories regarding the discovery of vinyl chloride in residential wells near Wauconda, for example, helped lead to renewed study of a Superfund landfill site and a multi-million dollar switch of more than 400 homes to municipal water.

Before coming to the Daily Herald, Zawislak worked for the Courier-News in Elgin, one of several suburban Copley Newspapers, now owned by the Sun-Times News Group. While at the Courier-News, he had a range of responsibilities over a broad coverage area focusing on Elgin, one of the largest communities in Illinois outside Chicago. He developed a variety of general interest, news, business and feature stories in the area and helped shape the focus of various projects while participating as a main writer. Those efforts netted several awards, including one from the Illinois Associated Press Editors for an examination of water supplies and the changing face of Elgin, a river town that had seen its traditional industrial and retail base erode.

Zawislak has a particular interest in history and the historical preservation of our communities and neighborhoods and has written several pieces that put our past into perspective.

He is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in mass communication. A native South Sider, Zawislak has lived and worked in several communities and counties and has a first-hand perspective of issues throughout the suburbs. Zawislak's personal interests include playing golf erratically and following Major League Baseball. His preference can be summed up in two words: Go Sox.

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Off-track betting proposal off and running in Green Oaks

Jun 28 2016 | 5:27 pm - Fatman Bowl on Rockland Road in Green Oaks will be converted to a sports bar/restaurant and off-track betting facility after recent approval by the village board

Cuneo mansion’s 100th anniversary arrives without fanfare amid repair effort

Jun 27 2016 | 11:39 am - The 100th birthday of the iconic Cuneo Mansion and Garden in Vernon Hills will pass without fanfare, as the current owner focuses on generating millions for renovations needed before it can reopen to the public.

Lake County’s drug treatment center to double capacity

Jun 27 2016 | 8:05 pm - A federal grant will allow Lake County health officials to expand medication-assisted treatment services for those struggling with opioid addiction.

How best to preserve Cuneo estate’s legacy?

Jun 26 2016 | 8:02 am - The 100th birthday of the iconic Cuneo Mansion and Garden in Vernon Hills will pass without fanfare, as the current owner focuses on generating millions for renovations needed before it can reopen to the public.

Mayors unite against Route 53 environmental study

Jun 25 2016 | 8:17 am - Top elected officials in Hawthorn Woods and Long Grove unite in opposition to continued study for a proposed Route 53 extension

Meijer brings another option to shoppers in Round Lake Beach area

Jun 21 2016 | 6:44 pm - Local and company officials on Tuesday attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a Meijer supercenter in Round Lake Beach.

Mediterranean-style restaurant planned in downtown Libertyville

Jun 21 2016 | 1:35 pm - Three friends plan to open Main Street Social, a Mediterranean-inspired bar and restaurant in downtown Libertyville.

Meijer supercenter to open Tuesday in Round Lake Beach

Jun 17 2016 | 5:28 pm - Michigan-based Meijer will open its two newest supercenters Tuesday in Round Lake Beach and Flossmoor.

Mundelein now ready to join Visit Lake County

Jun 17 2016 | 10:20 pm - Mundelein officials for years have declined to join Visit Lake County, formerly the convention and visitors bureau, but now say they are ready to expand their new brand to a broader audience and will join the organization.

43 Lake County mayors asked to support Route 53 study

Jun 15 2016 | 6:54 pm - Lake County mayors have been asked to express their support for $40 million to $50 million environmental study for the proposed Route 53 extension.

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