Christopher Placek

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Christopher Placek joined the Daily Herald in November 2010, and currently covers news in Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows and Rosemont, as well as Northwest Suburban High School District 214 and Harper College.

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

Placek is a three-time Peter Lisagor award winner for his coverage of political/government reporting and breaking news.

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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Arlington Heights plans $136 million for capital improvements over 5 years

Jun 28 2017 | 5:45 am - Arlington Heights officials on Tuesday presented plans for more than $136 million worth of capital improvement projects over the next five years, from flood control and storm sewer projects to street resurfacing and reconstruction.

Mt. Prospect proposes compromise to resolve Dist. 214 TIF suit

Jun 28 2017 | 8:37 am - Mount Prospect officials have proposed a compromise to get Northwest Suburban High School District 214 to drop its lawsuit against the village's new tax increment financing district. But school district officials said Tuesday it doesn't go far...

911 tapes reveal frantic scene of Arlington Heights chain saw attack

Jun 27 2017 | 5:51 am - Authorities on Monday released 911 audiotapes of last week’s chain saw attack in Arlington Heights, revealing a frantic scene as described by the suspect’s estranged wife and her co-workers.

Frontier Days: Arlington Heights’ hometown gathering

Jun 26 2017 | 11:30 am - One of the biggest Northwest suburban festivals over the Fourth of July weekend is Arlington Heights’ Frontier Days.

Rolling Meadows launches survey to gauge opinions of business owners

Jun 25 2017 | 4:46 pm - Rolling Meadows has launched an online survey to solicit opinions from the local business community about the strengths and weaknesses of doing business in town.

Why many minimum wage workers in suburbs won’t be getting a raise July 1

Jun 26 2017 | 12:30 pm - Some minimum wage workers in Cook County will get a $1.75 raise and paid sick days July 1, but it depends where they work. A Daily Herald survey of 134 municipalities in suburban Cook County shows more than two-thirds have opted out of two county...

Metropolis chair repairs too costly, trustee says

Jun 22 2017 | 6:06 pm - Attendance at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre shows is so good, officials say, that the theater’s chairs are getting a real workout. And while the original 309 seats are now 17 years old and in need of repair, the cost to do so is higher...

Rolling Meadows sticks with plan to move fire stations, for now

Jun 20 2017 | 11:16 pm - For now, Rolling Meadows will proceed with plans to relocate and build two new fire stations, though the controversial proposal still isn’t a done deal.

Two dogs die, firefighter injured in Buffalo Grove townhouse fire

Jun 21 2017 | 2:43 pm - Two family dogs died in a Buffalo Grove townhouse fire Tuesday that appeared to be electrical in nature, authorities said Wednesday. One firefighter was injured, but he was treated and released with minor injuries.

Forearm severed in chain saw attack; judge calls it ‘scene out of a horror movie’

Jun 22 2017 | 8:26 am - A 27-year-old Arlington Heights man was ordered held on $2.5 million bail Wednesday on attempted first-degree murder and other charges after authorities say he attacked another man with a chain saw on Monday and severed his forearm.

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