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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Proposed referendum to combine Round Lake-area towns draws opposition

Aug 26 2016 | 7:24 pm - A proposal to ask voters in Round Lake, Round Lake Beach and Round Lake Park whether they want to consolidate the towns has ignited opposition.

Mundelein park board authorizes $4 million bond sale for Chalet

Aug 25 2016 | 5:24 pm - The Mundelein Park & Recreation District will borrow $4 million to replace the Chalet building at Keith Mione Community Park with a much larger facility to provide needed space.

Lake County to take next step in fight against heroin

Aug 18 2016 | 6:34 pm - The Lake County jail and the county health department have launched a voluntary program to administer the drug Vivitrol to inmates and provide ongoing treatment to break the cycle of addiction.

Lake forest preserves issue Des Plaines River Trail challenge

Aug 18 2016 | 12:12 am - The Lake County Forest Preserve District is challenging the public to travel the completed 31.4-mile Des Plaines River Trail to promote awareness and raise funds

‘Volo’s House of Cars’ to be a History Channel series starring museum

Aug 17 2016 | 5:57 am - Owners of the Volo Auto Museum say they have a deal with the History Channel to air six half-hour episodes involving their business to be filmed this fall.

Smooth first day in Mundelein District 75

Aug 15 2016 | 3:37 pm - Most everyone knew where they were going and new classrooms were a hit with students Monday on the first day of classes of the 2016-17 school year at the Washington Early Learning Center in Mundelein District 75.

Vernon Hills aims to extend pavement life, stave off repairs

Aug 13 2016 | 12:19 am - With road repair funds short of what is needed, Vernon Hills is trying something different to extend the life of newer road surfaces

Libertyville gets good mileage from its road work dollars

Aug 12 2016 | 10:00 am - With road work bids less than originally budgeted, Libertyville will add several streets to the 2016 rehab list

Cuneo mansion to reopen for self-guided tours

Aug 10 2016 | 12:42 pm - Loyola University Chicago will reopen the century-old Cuneo mansion on a limited basis beginning in September for self-guided public tours.

New tax expected to raise $700,000 per year for Libertyville

Aug 10 2016 | 6:30 pm - A 1 percent “places for eating” tax will go into effect Oct. 1 and is expected to raise $700,000 per year in new revenue.

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