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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Oak Grove School nearing the end of a 5-year, $14 million transformation

Jul 24 2016 | 12:43 am - The five-year, $14 million tranformation of Oak Grove School in tiny Green Oaks is nearly complete, and officials expect the building to be complete by opening day on Aug. 19.

Vernon Hills wants sturdier wire for fencing

Jul 22 2016 | 6:37 pm - Rules regarding permitted materials for residential fencing in Vernon Hills could change after observations by village officials.

Short but crucial link in Lake County trail system complete

Jul 21 2016 | 8:23 pm - The Bull Creek Trail Connector is only three-quarters of a mile long, but it’s considered a key link to an extensive connected trail system in Lake County. Community leaders, business interests and residents who backed the project celebrated...

Fans rub elbows with golfing elite at UL Crown tournament

Jul 20 2016 | 6:14 pm - Organizers of the UL International Crown golf tournament in Gurnee hope to draw 50,000 spectators starting Thursday when the competition heats up and fans bring the noise. But on Wednesday, fans enjoyed a more relaxing atmosphere and chance to rub...

Washington School expansion on track in Mundelein District 75

Jul 19 2016 | 10:06 pm - Nine mobile classrooms have been connected to create a permanent addition at Washington School in Mundelein. The unusual project is costing Mundelein Elementary District 75 about a fourth of what it would pay for new construction, school officials...

New home plan aired in Antioch, but neighbors’ concerns postpone approval process

Jul 19 2016 | 8:03 am - The first major residential subdivision proposed for Antioch since the economic downturn isn’t expected to win village backing anytime soon, after the approval process was postponed recently until October. Lexington Homes wants to build 172...

‘Places for eating’ tax likely coming to Libertyville

Jul 18 2016 | 8:51 am - Facing uncertain state funding and other budget issues, Libertyville officials have informally agreed to impose a 1 percent “places for eating” tax to raise more revenue.

Medical event may have preceded in Fox Lake crash

Jul 18 2016 | 9:58 pm - A 60-year-old Spring Grove man whose pickup truck swerved into an oncoming group of motorcycles in Fox Lake on Saturday, resulting in a crash that killed himself and another man, appears to have suffered a medical event before the crash, the Lake...

Highland Park group plans ‘Pokemon Go’ meetups

Jul 16 2016 | 3:47 pm - The Downtown Highland Park Alliance plans to capture the excitement behind the Pokemon Go app by planning a three-hour walk Aug. 3 filled with lures at popular sculpture and landmarks.

Visitors enjoy a family health fest and tour of McHenry County’s newest hospital

Jul 16 2016 | 3:46 pm - More than 1,000 people registered for Centegra’s annual family health fest Saturday, which featured tours of its new, $230 million hospital on its campus on Haligus Road.

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