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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Share superintendent? Mundelein elementary, high school districts plan to

May 18 2018 | 6:52 pm - Mundelein Elementary District 75 and Mundelein High School District 120 plan to share a superintendent beginning in the 2019-20 school year.

Whole Foods in Vernon Hills wants to allow drinks while shopping

May 17 2018 | 7:07 pm - Whole Foods Market, which is expected to open in Vernon Hills in early October, says “sip and shop” will add to shopping experience

Church bell consecration is milestone for St. Peter Church in Volo

May 15 2018 | 11:27 pm - St. Peter Church in Volo celebrated the Consecration of Bells ceremony in advance of its 150th anniversary next month

Mundelein police retool wellness program to include mental health

May 16 2018 | 5:18 pm - The officer wellness program for Mundelein police has been retooled to include focuses on physical, financial and mental health

Hebda intends to resign as Vernon Hills trustee after 25 years

May 15 2018 | 3:58 pm - Cindy Hebda, who was appointed to the Vernon Hills village board in 1993 and has served since, expects to resign this summer and move to Indiana

Vernon Hills to lose another top administrator

May 14 2018 | 7:11 pm - Vernon Hills Finance Dirctor Nikki Larson will be leaving for a new job in Glencoe

Five years later, Glowgolf returns to Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills

May 13 2018 | 5:04 pm - After a five-year absence, glow-in-the-dark miniature golf is returning to Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills.

Why higher pay for mayor, trustees is on the table in Libertyville

May 11 2018 | 8:54 pm - Libertyville officials are considering boosting salaries for mayor and village board to encourage more interest from prospective candidates.

Revamped downtown Libertyville Metra station? Delays, delays, delays

May 10 2018 | 7:18 am - Revised plans for a renovated Metra station in downtown Libertyville are pending and new station for Prairie Crossing approved.

Antioch considers $200,000 incentive for new restaurant

May 10 2018 | 5:57 pm - Antioch is considering a $200,000 incentive for investors who want to convert and expand a vacant building downtown to Rivalry Ale House.

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