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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VFW surprised with $5,000 to bring traveling wall to Des Plaines

Aug 25 2016 | 7:02 pm - Members of Des Plaines VFW Post 2992 were surprised on live TV this week when they received a $5,000 check from Rivers Casino that will go toward bringing a replica traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to town next summer.

Dawn Patrol: Break-in at Libertyville gun shop; 2 bank robberies

Aug 24 2016 | 5:59 am - Libertyville gun shop plans to increase security after break-in; Amtrak train strikes pedestrian in Hinsdale; FBI searching for suspects in bank robberies; Des Plaines house fire causes $200k in damage; does Kmart reopening offer hope for Sears?...

Video shows break-in at Libertyville gun shop, linked to Des Plaines attempt

Aug 24 2016 | 5:59 pm - Authorities said Wednesday they believe there may be a connection between break-ins at gun shops in Des Plaines and Libertyville that occurred within an hour of each other Tuesday morning.

Judge reduces Des Plaines alderman’s supervision sentence

Aug 24 2016 | 5:55 pm - A judge agreed Wednesday to bring an early end to Des Plaines Alderman Dick Sayad’s 18-month term of court supervision stemming from his misdemeanor criminal trespassing case.

Des Plaines house fire causes $200k in damage

Aug 23 2016 | 7:34 pm - Des Plaines firefighters extinguished a house fire early Tuesday morning after they were alerted to it by a passer-by who saw smoke, authorities said.

Lack of parking could doom plan for Sim’s Bowl site

Aug 22 2016 | 11:39 pm - A developer is proposing a 7-story, 108-unit apartment building on the site of the former Sim’s Bowl in downtown Des Plaines, but the plan faces an uphill battle due to opposition from some aldermen concerned it doesn’t include enough...

Two DuPage County banks robbed hours apart Tuesday

Aug 24 2016 | 5:52 am - The FBI is searching for two suspects involved in separate bank robberies within hours of each other Tuesday in DuPage County.

Libertyville gun shop plans to increase security after break-in

Aug 23 2016 | 7:28 pm - A Libertyville gun store plans to increase its security measures following an early Tuesday morning attempted burglary. “I really didn’t expect it to happen up here in Libertyville,” said store co-owner Lane Lebrun.

District 59 superintendent gets contract extension through 2021

Aug 23 2016 | 6:03 pm - Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 Superintendent Art Fessler plans to stay through the summer of 2021 after receiving a contract extension from the school board.

Thousands revel in fandom at Comic Con in Rosemont

Aug 19 2016 | 8:28 pm - Tens of thousands, many dressed as costumed characters, are expected to traverse the exhibit halls of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont this weekend for the annual Wizard World Chicago Comic Con. It all began Friday.

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