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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Lake County board candidate questions elimination of sustainability coordinator post

Sep 29 2016 | 9:38 am - Candidates for District 18 on the Lake County Board/forest preserve district differ on why the position of sustainability coordinator was eliminated.

Public review begins for long-planned subdivision in Libertyville

Sep 27 2016 | 9:29 pm - Traffic and adding new students to local schools are chief concerns as Libertyville considers the largest new subdivision proposed in years.

CPA takes on 2-term incumbent for Round Lake-area county board seat

Sep 26 2016 | 4:59 pm - Candidates for the Lake County Board’s 16th district seat agree taxes are on voters’ minds, but they suggest different approaches to deal with them.

Hawthorn Woods resident takes on Lake County Board chairman

Sep 24 2016 | 12:05 am - Hawthorn Woods resident Gerri Songer, who said freight trains carrying crude oil prompted her first run for public office, is challenging veteran Republican Lake County Board member and chairman Aaron Lawlor in the 18th District.

Libertyville mosque open house will answer your questions

Sep 22 2016 | 11:54 pm - Islamic Foundation North in Libertyville is hosting a mosque open house to share information and answer questions

Informal approval for affordable townhome proposal in Vernon Hills

Sep 22 2016 | 10:58 am - Vernon Hills trustees on Tuesday overruled the advisory planning and zoning commission with its informal approval for 67 townhomes on the site of the former Forge Club on Milwaukee Avenue.

Antioch mayor to face challenge in April

Sep 21 2016 | 4:07 pm - Ray Willis, a 22-year resident of Antioch, will challenge incumbent Mayor Larry Hanson in the April 4 election, saying that while he has no ax to grind against the incumbent, he considers it a civic duty to make the race contested.

Culture of Lake County state’s attorneys office attacked by challenger, defended by incumbent

Sep 20 2016 | 6:16 pm - Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim denies challenger Matthew Stanton’s charges the office still has a conviction-at-all-costs culture.

Improving technology an issue for Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court candidates

Sep 20 2016 | 6:14 pm - Improving technology used by the Lake County clerk of the circuit court’s office is a point of contention between incumbent Keith Brin and Democratic challanger Erin Cartwright Weinstein.

Dawn Patrol: Island Lake fire victim identified; Bears lose home opener

Sep 20 2016 | 5:54 am - Island Lake fire victim identified. Crime spree perpetrators sought. Eight injured in tollway crash. Dundee-Crown student wows “Voice” judges. College of DuPage enrollment dips. Metal detectors speed security at Bears game. Bad news...

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