Christopher Placek

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Christopher Placek joined the Daily Herald in November 2010, and currently covers news in Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village and Rosemont. Placek is also a Tuesday night breaking news reporter, covering news throughout the Daily Herald's five-county circulation area.

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 two-time Peter Lisagor award winner for his coverage of breaking news stories.

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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Des Plaines business hopes to provide an escape from boredom

Jun 30 2016 | 5:53 pm - Few know of the dangers lurking from the basement of a Des Plaines office building that a group of scientists are trying to contain. OK, it's only pretend, but the purpose behind the latest escape room to hit the suburbs is a very real thing: having...

Dawn Patrol: Editorial tells lawmakers enough is enough

Jun 29 2016 | 5:53 am - State leaders told enough is enough. Suburban lawmakers say something’s got to give. DUI arrests spike in Carol Stream and Elgin. No one injured in Gurnee fire. Community voices anger at release of Fenton soccer coach. Leona’s coming...

Police: Death at cheerleading camp not suspicious

Jun 30 2016 | 5:48 am - After two days of investigation and interviews, Park Ridge police said Wednesday they do not believe the death of a 7-year-old girl who collapsed at a Maine South High School summer cheerleading camp to be suspicious.

No one injured in Gurnee fire, officials say

Jun 28 2016 | 9:49 pm - A fire was contained to a bedroom of a two-story single-family house Tuesday night in Gurnee, authorities said.

Dist. 59 talks cost, size of new center

Jun 27 2016 | 11:22 pm - A longtime Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 school board member says the district’s proposed administration center is too big and too costly, though administrators disagree.

Century-old Woodman’s expanding suburban reach

Jun 26 2016 | 8:20 am - Planned Woodman’s grocery stores in Buffalo Grove and Lakemoor signal the Wisconsin company’s continued expansion south of the border into the suburbs.

Des Plaines considers making 'City of Destiny' part of its future

Jun 24 2016 | 4:45 pm - “The City of Destiny” is a part of Des Plaines' past, and it may be in its future, too, if a city branding ad hoc committee gets its way.

Elk Grove to get $1M worth of new trees

Jun 22 2016 | 12:59 pm - Elk Grove Village will spend more than $1 million over the next five years to replace trees on its parkways that have fallen victim to the emerald ash borer.

Elk Grove mayor says Islamic prayer center comments are 'inappropriate'

Jun 22 2016 | 10:37 pm - Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson said he was offended by a half dozen “inappropriate” comments he received from people opposed to an Islamic prayer and meeting center opening inside an office building in town.

Des Plaines aldermen reject additions to mayor's ethics ordinance

Jun 21 2016 | 4:43 pm - Des Plaines aldermen Monday night rejected Mayor Matt Bogusz's proposed ethics ordinance additions that would have required elected officials to disclose whether they have any active lawsuits filed against the city.

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