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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Mundelein cop lauded for helping homeless woman

Mar 17 2018 | 6:06 pm - A veteran Mundelein cop is being lauded for lending a helping hand to a homeless woman living out of her car.

Beach Park man charged with sexual assault of 5-year-old girl

Mar 17 2018 | 12:17 pm - An 87-year-old Beach Park man is being held on $1 million bail after being charged with sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl.

Man charged with threatening to shoot Elk Grove High students during walkout

Mar 15 2018 | 5:12 pm - A 19-year-old man was charged Thursday with felony disorderly conduct, accused of making threats to shoot Elk Grove High School students during their school walkout Wednesday, authorities said.

Police: Elk Grove High School graduate in custody after social media threat

Mar 14 2018 | 4:11 pm - A recent Elk Grove High School graduate who threatened violence against the school online, leading to a lockdown at the end of the school day Wednesday, is now in police custody, officials said.

Bill inspired by District 62 harassment claims moves to Senate

Mar 14 2018 | 6:07 pm - Legislation requiring local governments to provide public notice of payouts to those terminated amid sexual harassment claims has advanced to the Illinois Senate after passing the House unanimously. The bill was inspired by the $127,000 severance...

Rosemont bans short-term rentals

Mar 15 2018 | 7:18 am - After receiving inquiries about making village homes available for short-term rentals, Rosemont officials on Wednesday enacted new rules banning such uses.

Northwest suburban students sign banner supporting Parkland

Mar 13 2018 | 10:36 pm - Two Northwest suburban high school districts are sending a token of support to students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Ads depict candidate in college doing keg stands, making obscene gestures

Mar 13 2018 | 10:11 pm - Campaign flyers mailed on behalf of Republican state House candidate Katie Miller feature photos of primary opponent Eddie Corrigan doing keg stands, making obscene gestures and imbibing extensively, while labeling him a “party boy.”

Wheeling District 21 holding community forums

Mar 12 2018 | 5:48 pm - Wheeling Township Elementary District 21 is hosting a series of public forums this month as part of an overall community engagement effort.

Quigley faces three opponents in first primary challenge

Mar 09 2018 | 8:22 pm - U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley is facing his first primary challenge since being elected to Congress from three opponents trying to position themselves to his political left.

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