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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Metropolis to start $120,000 lobby renovation featuring ‘video wall’

May 24 2018 | 5:01 pm - Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in downtown Arlington Heights will embark this summer on a full-scale renovation of its lobby.

Rolling Meadows alderman steps down

May 23 2018 | 12:11 pm - Rolling Meadows Alderman Tim Veenbaas is stepping down from the city council because he and his family are moving out of state.

Arlington Heights businesses back mayor’s 5K challenge

May 23 2018 | 11:38 am - More than 25 Arlington Heights businesses are backing Mayor Tom Hayes’ challenge to support Salute Inc. at the veterans charity’s annual Memorial Day weekend race.

Arlington Heights shop gets OK for motorcycle repair, sales

May 23 2018 | 7:27 pm - Arlington Heights officials have given a motorcycle accessories shop permission to sell used bikes and do repairs, after the owners agreed to end noisy “Bike Night” events that attracted dozens of revelers.

Climbing wall, family fun center coming to Arlington Heights

May 21 2018 | 11:52 pm - Plans for a family entertainment center and climbing wall recreation facility — just one piece of the ambitious Arlington Downs mixed use redevelopment — earned approval Monday from Arlington Heights trustees.

An early look at Rosemont’s first boutique hotel

May 24 2018 | 6:06 pm - Construction is about two-thirds done, but developers behind Rosemont’s first “boutique” hotel on Tuesday were ready to show off what they’ve built so far.

Arlington Heights home for those with mental illness marks 25 years

May 20 2018 | 10:44 pm - Dozens and dozens of people with diagnosed mental illnesses have called a residential living program in Arlington Heights home since it was established 25 years ago this summer. “I’m just doing the best I can,” said resident...

Wheeling District 21 to seek tax hike for AC, security upgrades

May 18 2018 | 7:54 pm - Wheeling Township Elementary District 21 officials plan to put a referendum question on the November ballot — the first in 15 years — that would seek extra funding for building improvements like air conditioning and tighter security.

Wheeling District 21 inks 4-year contract with employees

May 17 2018 | 10:43 pm - The Wheeling Township Elementary District 21 school board inked a new four-year contract with employees Thursday that calls for salary increases averaging 3.25 percent each year.

2 years after being rejected, mosque renews request to move

May 17 2018 | 5:49 am - After expansion plans of the Islamic Society of the Northwest Suburbs were rejected two years ago, leaders of the Rolling Meadows-based mosque will try again in hopes an updated proposal can secure enough votes of the city council.

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