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Christopher Placek

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Christopher Placek joined the Daily Herald in November 2010, and currently covers news in Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Glenbard High School District 87 and College of DuPage. Placek is also the Daily Herald's Friday night breaking news reporter, covering news throughout the newspaper's five-county circulation area.

He has reported extensively on local controversies, including the intergovernmental dispute between the village of Glen Ellyn and COD, and debates on the Carol Stream library board that resulted in the firing of the library director.

His interest in becoming a reporter was sparked at age 9. By age 12, he was publisher of his very own family newsletter, the Placek Press. Placek was an intern for the Daily Herald, WBBM-TV, and DeBat Media, a Chicago-based real estate public relations firm.

He is a 2010 graduate of Marquette University, where he majored in journalism and minored in political science. He attended Notre Dame High School in Niles and Edgebrook Elementary School in Chicago. He is also an Eagle Scout.

Placek is a lifelong resident of Chicago's Jefferson Park neighborhood.

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Rosemont to pay $1 million more for mall garage

Sep 17 2014 | 7:29 pm - Rosemont will pay an extra $1 million for the construction of a parking garage attached to the Fashion Outlets of Chicago as a result of soil problems, officials said. “We tried to weasel our way out of it, but we couldn’t,”...

Des Plaines adopts vehicle policy, plans to cut some take-home cars

Sep 18 2014 | 11:53 am - For the first time, Des Plaines has a vehicle usage policy in writing — the result of months of debate by aldermen about which employees should be allowed to take home city cars. And while the policy stops short of saying exactly which of the...

Giordano’s to open by December in Des Plaines’ Metropolitan Square

Sep 17 2014 | 11:58 am - A Giordano’s restaurant is coming to Metropolitan Square in downtown Des Plaines, the franchisee announced Wednesday. The pizzeria will be located in a 1,500-square-foot storefront between existing Potbelly and Panera Bread restaurants near...

Des Plaines approves deal for new, cheaper water source

Sep 16 2014 | 6:33 pm - Des Plaines officials are hoping at least three of four village boards in Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine and Wheeling sign off on a 20-year agreement that will allow Des Plaines to connect to a new, cheaper water source.

Des Plaines council tables vote on mayor’s nominee

Sep 15 2014 | 11:55 pm - Des Plaines aldermen are split on whether to confirm Mayor Matt Bogusz’s appointment of former Alderman Don Smith to the city council’s vacant 7th Ward seat.

Mayor: More development, changes coming to Rosemont

Sep 14 2014 | 1:26 am - Cranes are in the air and shovels are in the ground in Rosemont. The tiny northwest suburb, home to only 4,200 residents, has become a business and entertainment hub. But there’s more new infrastructure to come, as noted last week by Mayor...

Alexian Brothers says no to medical pot firms' donations

Sep 13 2014 | 7:29 am - Alexian Brothers Health System officials are saying thanks but no thanks to potential medical marijuana growers and sellers who have promised to donate funds if they can open in Elk Grove Village. “Alexian Brothers Health System believes that...

Dawn Patrol: Woman found dead in Des Plaines pond; 9/11 ceremonies

Sep 12 2014 | 7:52 am - Suburban ceremonies recall loss of 9/11; missing woman discovered in Des Plaines pond; judge delays Cook County puppy mill ban; acting mayor named in Oakwood Hills; Lake County undersheriff sues former sheriff candidate for defamation; dad accused...

Garth and Trisha knock down pins at Kings bowling alley in Rosemont

Sep 12 2014 | 2:37 pm - Country music superstars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were spotted Thursday night at a bowling alley in Rosemont’s entertainment district after Brooks’ show at the Allstate Arena.

New Elk Grove library director comes from jobs in Huntley, Arlington Heights

Sep 11 2014 | 9:57 am - An Arlington Heights native and former Huntley library director has been named the new top librarian in Elk Grove Village. Patrick McDonald replaces longtime Elk Grove library director Lee Maternowski, who retired in June after 17 years at the helm,...

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