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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Dist. 59 hot lunches in jeopardy after provider backs out of contract

Feb 10 2016 | 12:27 am - Thousands of students are in jeopardy of going without a hot lunch or breakfast in Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 starting May 1, which is when food service provider Sodexo plans to withdraw early from its contract.

Why Elk Grove Township might buy Dist. 59 administration building

Feb 10 2016 | 10:14 am - Elk Grove Township officials confirmed this week their interest in buying School District 59’s administration building located down the block from township headquarters. “It would be a sizable upgrade,” Supervisor Michael...

Township might want to buy Dist. 59 admin building

Feb 09 2016 | 2:38 pm - An unnamed township government may want to purchase the Dist. 59 administration building.

Elk Grove park’s $2 million upgrade includes concessions, bathrooms

Feb 07 2016 | 11:25 pm - The Elk Grove Village Park District will spend $2 million to replace a concession stand, bathrooms and maintenance buildings at Community Athletic Fields, its largest outdoor recreation complex. It’ll be the first major renovation of the park...

Prospect High warns of photographer charged with child pornography

Feb 05 2016 | 12:53 pm - Prospect High School warned families this week about a parent volunteer charged with child pornography possession who took photos of kids at school events for years.

Tax freeze could erase raises for Elk Grove library workers

Feb 04 2016 | 11:37 am - Elk Grove Village Public Library employees will get salary increases of at least 2 percent over the course of their new four-year contract, though the raises could be in jeopardy if the state enacts a property tax freeze.

Des Plaines-based Operation North Pole expanding to help children

Feb 04 2016 | 5:15 pm - Operation North Pole, the Des Plaines-based charity that organizes an annual train ride and winter festival for sick children, is throwing a fundraiser next week to help expand its reach to kids who have lost their homes to fire.

Dawn Patrol: Is Woodstock Willie ever right?

Feb 03 2016 | 6:20 am - Is Woodstock Willie right with his predictions? Four suburban restaurants affected by credit card breach. Driver flees after hitting Fox Lake house. Federal lawsuit alleges jailers ignored man's fatal heroin withdrawal. Geneva woman accused of...

Fire leaves six-unit Rosemont apartment building uninhabitable

Feb 04 2016 | 12:42 am - A three-story Rosemont apartment building was left uninhabitable after a fire there Wednesday morning, authorities said. All residents escaped safely and no injuries were reported, according to Rosemont public safety officials.

Mystery behind what's coming to vacant Des Plaines building revealed

Feb 04 2016 | 11:02 pm - The mystery behind what's coming to a long-vacant building in Des Plaines has been revealed.

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