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Christopher Placek

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Christopher Placek joined the Daily Herald in November 2010, and currently covers news in Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Glenbard High School District 87 and College of DuPage. Placek is also the Daily Herald's Friday night breaking news reporter, covering news throughout the newspaper's five-county circulation area.

He has reported extensively on local controversies, including the intergovernmental dispute between the village of Glen Ellyn and COD, and debates on the Carol Stream library board that resulted in the firing of the library director.

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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Dawn Patrol: Mom dies saving boy; Traffic problems on eastbound I-90

Jul 25 2014 | 7:15 am - Mundelein teen gets second chance at play tonight; Arlington Hts. mom dies saving boy in Wisconsin lake; Bensenville community rallying to help grieving family; McHenry man charged with murder; Fremd graduate killed in California motorcycle crash;...

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Arlington Park trainer Wayne Catalano, hospitalized with pneumonia, doing better

Jul 25 2014 | 6:46 pm - Longtime Arlington Park trainer Wayne Catalano, hospitalized since Tuesday after being diagnosed with pneumonia, is doing better, his wife said Friday.

Des Plaines hopes to save money if new water deal approved

Jul 24 2014 | 5:45 am - Des Plaines is close to finalizing a deal for a new water source that officials say would save the city $7,000 a day by weaning itself off Chicago's water. Mayor Matt Bogusz and City Manager Mike Bartholomew believe they may have found residents and...

Des Plaines business offers free yogurt for a year

Jul 24 2014 | 6:23 pm - A business coming to downtown Des Plaines is offering free yogurt for a year to the winner of a logo design contest. Veronica Ricci and her husband, Riccardo, plan to open a Forever Yogurt location this fall in a Metropolitan Square storefront...

Arlington trainer Catalano hospitalized with pneumonia

Jul 25 2014 | 1:35 pm - Longtime Arlington Park trainer Wayne Catalano is hospitalized in critical condition after being diagnosed with pneumonia, his wife said Thursday. Catalano was admitted Tuesday to the intensive care unit at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman...

Missing Palatine man found in California

Jul 24 2014 | 9:50 pm - A missing Palatine man turned up safe and unharmed Thursday in Santa Monica, California, after police say he left an assisted-living facility the night before and boarded a flight at O’Hare International Airport.

Fremd graduate killed in California motorcycle crash

Jul 24 2014 | 9:20 pm - A funeral is planned for this weekend for a 22-year-old Palatine native who died in a California motorcycle crash. Alexander Mackenzie Williams, a Fremd High School graduate, was killed in a two-vehicle crash July 20 about a half-hour north of San...

McHenry man charged with murder

Jul 24 2014 | 7:51 pm - A 62-year-old McHenry man was charged with murder Thursday after authorities say they gathered additional evidence that connects him to last year’s discovery of a body in his house. William J. Ross was taken into custody on the 600 block of...

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