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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Local mayors tout projects and possibilities

May 24 2016 | 5:50 pm - Projects and possibilities abound in the four communities that comprise the GLMV Chamber of Commerce but officials in all of them are keeping a wary eye on Springfield.

Lake County road plan continues with or without Route 53

May 23 2016 | 5:59 pm - A preferred alternative to improve Fremont Center Road and create a network of other road extensions in western Lake County is expected to be selected by the end of the year.

Perks come with adopting a turtle in Lake County

May 22 2016 | 7:38 pm - The Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves is coordinating an Adopt-a-Turtle program as a new initiative to help protect the endangered Blanding’s turtle, considered a big part of the Chicago area’s natural history.

Storm drain stenciling meant to educate public on pollutants

May 20 2016 | 6:32 pm - Dozens of eighth-graders from Lake Zurich Middle School took a field trip Friday to stencil streets in front of storm drains as part of a public education program regarding pollutants

Fencing up, groundbreaking scheduled for Libertyville parking deck

May 20 2016 | 5:23 pm - The future site of a second parking deck in downown Libertyville was fenced on Friday marking the official start of the $8.74 million project

Developer pitches luxury townhouses, apartments for downtown Libertyville

May 19 2016 | 12:41 am - A plan for luxury apartments and townhouses has surfaced for seven long vacant acres adjoining the Libertyville Metra station downtown.

Alternative vision for Route 53 extension nets enthusiastic support

May 17 2016 | 6:43 pm - Environmental supporters on Tuesday gathered in support of a change of heart by Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor in his call to end the proposed Route 53 extension

Lake Michigan water projects pick up steam in Lake County

May 15 2016 | 10:36 pm - Work on several fronts has been completed or is underway in Lindenhurst, Lake Villa and the unincorporated communities of Fox Lake Hills and Grandwood Park, in anticipation of receiving Lake Michigan water likely in 2018.

Lake County’s Lawlor pulls Route 53 support; study still on?

May 16 2016 | 6:41 pm - Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor said a planned environmental impact study for the proposed Route 53 extension should not proceed and the project should be reassessed. But the tollway looks poised to carry on with the controversial, costly...

Traffic, safety among questions regarding proposed off-track betting facility

May 12 2016 | 1:55 pm - An investment group is proposing an off-track betting facility on Rockland Road in Green Oaks but the village’s plan commission wants more information before making a recommendation on the code change to allow it.

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