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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Rolling Meadows Library building addition opens Sunday

Aug 18 2017 | 5:04 pm - The Rolling Meadows Library on Sunday will unveil its first building expansion in three decades — a 1,625-square-foot addition that includes two small group meeting rooms and a lounge.

Arlington Heights District 25 says no to full-day kindergarten for now

Aug 17 2017 | 11:32 pm - Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 won’t be offering full-day kindergarten anytime soon because it doesn’t have the space or money to pay for it, officials said Thursday.

Lake Arlington project delayed again after high bids rejected

Aug 17 2017 | 9:50 am - A long-planned project to make upgrades to Lake Arlington Park is being delayed because construction bids came in too high. “We're doing everything we can to stay within budget,” said Ben Rea of the park district.

Bears to practice under the lights Thursday at Prospect High

Aug 16 2017 | 7:19 pm - Fans can expect a lot of pomp and circumstance at the Chicago Bears team practice Thursday night at Prospect High School, including face painting and sign making, and music by the Bears Drumline and Prospect marching band.

Longtime Arlington Heights funeral director Glueckert dies

Aug 16 2017 | 5:54 am - John W. Glueckert Sr., the Arlington Heights native synonymous with his local funeral home business, has died.

Police: Des Plaines man set fire to neighbor’s gas meter, lawn

Aug 14 2017 | 8:03 pm - A Des Plaines man was charged Monday with aggravated arson after authorities said he poured gasoline on a neighbor’s natural gas meter and lawn and set them on fire.

Rolling Meadows Alderman Jerry Hill dies

Aug 14 2017 | 7:38 pm - First-term Rolling Meadows Alderman Jerry Hill, whose family was among the city’s first residents, has died, officials said. “Jerry was a lifelong Meadows guy,” said Mayor Len Prejna. “Rolling Meadows was in his heart. It...

Vehicles, homes destroyed, residents OK in early morning Schaumburg fire

Aug 12 2017 | 4:07 pm - Residents of four households had to scramble out of their Schaumburg townhouses early Saturday morning after fire broke out in a garage.

With Million race, Arlington showcases itself to the world

Aug 12 2017 | 6:28 pm - With its 35th running early Saturday evening, the Arlington Million maintained its status as an international event, from the horses in the race to the attendees who came from as far as Australia. “It showcases Arlington Heights and racing to...

Arlington preps for its biggest day with 35th Million

Aug 11 2017 | 1:24 am - Saturday is the biggest day of the year for Arlington International Racecourse, as die-hard racing fans and other spectators will gather at the track for the Arlington Million — and all the pageantry that goes with it. “People stay.

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