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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Lake Villa pushes incentives to bring businesses to town

Oct 20 2016 | 10:14 pm - In recent months, Lake Villa officials have designated two special district intended to raise money for incentives to keep and attract business and improve the area generally centered on Route 83 and Grand Avenue.

Pending land sale in downtown Lake Zurich will prime pump for redevelopment, officials say

Oct 21 2016 | 6:15 pm - The pending sale and development of property in downtown Lake Zurich is a big step in redevelopment of the area, village officials say.

Long Grove homeowner shoots at would-be intruder

Oct 21 2016 | 1:16 pm - A Vernon Hills, who narrowly missed being shot, is held on several charges involving the attempted break in early Thursday to a Long Grove home.

New York firm seeks to expand its psychiatric services in Vernon Hills

Oct 19 2016 | 11:19 pm - The New York-based firm that operates the former Maryville psychiatric hospital in Des Plaines is proposing to convert a vacant office building in Vernon Hills to a 100-bed facility.

Hawthorn District 73 seeks public input on how to address school crowding

Oct 18 2016 | 8:01 pm - Public input is being sought by Hawthorn District 73 officials as they develop a plan to address crowding and space needs at its schools.

Cedar Lake Road realignment sparks hope in Round Lake

Oct 19 2016 | 10:11 am - After decades of wishful thinking, plans are moving ahead for the eventual realignment of Cedar Lake Road through downtown Round Lake.

A second challenger to Antioch mayor surfaces

Oct 17 2016 | 7:18 pm - The election for municipal offices isn’t until April 4 but already two challengers to Mayor Larry Hanson’s reelection have surfaced in Antioch.

State asks Lake County for snow plowing help

Oct 13 2016 | 11:35 pm - The Illinois Department of Transportation is asking if it can pay Lake County to plow some state routes this winter pending the arrival of new equipment.

Familiar tree line to be removed from Libertyville landscape

Oct 14 2016 | 4:59 pm - Libertyville officials agree that about 2,500 trees on property owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago are a potential liability and need to be removed

New homes planned for unfinished Clublands subdivision in Antioch

Oct 12 2016 | 11:28 pm - After being idle for years, new homes are being planned at the Clublands of Antioch.

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