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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Carrot carving becomes a landmark for Libertyville-area organic farm

Apr 28 2016 | 9:18 pm - A 100-year-old sugar maple has been repurposed as a work of art and landmark for an organic farm near Libertyville.

Train station revamp moving ahead in Libertyville

Apr 27 2016 | 5:03 pm - A longstanding goal to renovate the Metra commuter station in downtown Libertyville is moving ahead as an architect has been hired to design improvements to “embrace the culture and character” of the village

Vernon Hills nears end of battle with emerald ash borer

Apr 26 2016 | 12:41 am - Vernon Hills has received its first batch of replacement trees for the season, but after five years the village is nearing the end of a program to combat the emerald ash borer.

Growing enrollment prompts District 73 to pursue a master plan for facilities

Apr 26 2016 | 1:43 pm - With its buildings at or near capacity and more students expected in coming years, Vernon Hills-based Hawthorn District 73 hired to create a master plan for its educational facilities with various options.

Lake Villa taxing bodies support tax breaks on 243 properties

Apr 23 2016 | 5:42 pm - Taxing bodies this week recommended the designation of a special financing plan in Lake Villa to spark development.

Uncle Julio’s opening completes Vernon Hills’ vision for former offices

Apr 21 2016 | 12:28 am - The upcoming opening of Uncle Julio’s Mexican From Scratch not only gives Vernon Hills another dining option, but it validates village leaders’ vision for a nondescript office building at one of the community’s most visible...

Libertyville’s second downtown parking deck finally a go

Apr 20 2016 | 12:46 am - The bid for the construction of a parking deck in downtown Libertyville has been awarded and the village and business interests are preparing for a mid-May start.

Authorities: Ingleside man had almost $60,000 in counterfeit clothing, accessories

Apr 19 2016 | 9:35 pm - An investigation by federal and local authorities has resulted in the arrest of an Ingleside man for acquiring and selling counterfeit apparel.

Bills would give voters say over township, road district consolidation

Apr 18 2016 | 3:50 pm - Democratic state Sens. Melinda Bush of Grayslake and Julie Morrison of Deerfield are pursuing legislation that would give voters a say in streamlining township government.

Bioscience firm is first announced tenant for Innovation Park Lake County in Libertyville

Apr 19 2016 | 8:41 am - The first tenant at Innovation Park Lake County, the former Motorola Mobility campus along Route 45 in Libertyville is a local bioscience company.

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