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Mick Zawislak

Staff Writer
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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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Tireless volunteer grows community resource in Lake County

Nov 22 2017 | 1:58 pm - Alicia Dodd, who has nearly singlehandedly transformed a weedy patch outside Fremont Township into a bountiful organic garden, outdoor classroom and conservation campus, is a person to be thankful for in 2017.

Round Lake Park woman goes from French citizen to village trustee

Nov 22 2017 | 4:29 pm - Some international flair was added to the Round Lake Park village board Tuesday with the appointment of French native Sophia Boyer to fill a vacancy.

New downtown Libertyville promotion features decorated bicycles

Nov 20 2017 | 4:41 pm - Merchants hope “Bikes on MainStreet” will attract customers to downtown Libertyville.

The list is slim, but Lake County looks to streamline government

Nov 17 2017 | 4:05 pm - The Lake County Board has endorsed an ‘action plan’ to prioritize which units of government it appoints can be consolidated, dissolved or streamlined.

Some victims of flood damage eligible for $750 state tax credit

Nov 16 2017 | 6:55 pm - Property owners in Lake and 17 other counties affected by flooding in July may be eligible for a state tax credit up to $750.

DIY alternative to proposed Libertyville tax hike suggested

Nov 15 2017 | 6:02 pm - Libertyville is researching the possibility of transferring to residents responsibility for three stormwater ponds.

Libertyville police get new four-year pact

Nov 15 2017 | 6:11 pm - Libertyville police officers have a new four-year contract that calls for raises of 2.75 and 2.5 percent during the next four years.

Historic district designation sought as protection for downtown Libertyville

Nov 15 2017 | 1:27 pm - An open house and public hearing regarding the first historic district proposed in Libertyville will be held Wednesday

Mundelein, Libertyville to share fire ladder truck

Nov 14 2017 | 12:10 am - Mundelein and Libertyville are pursuing a pact to share a fire ladder truck to increase efficiency and lower costs for taxpayers in both towns.

How Lake County is trying to reduce fatalities, serious crashes

Nov 13 2017 | 7:52 am - Lake County has created a safety task force comprised of engineers, law enforcement, public officials and others to reduce serious traffic crashes.

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