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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Arlington Heights Aldi getting fresh look

Oct 19 2017 | 12:46 pm - Aldi on the south side of Arlington Heights is refreshing its exterior look with a new facade and larger signs.

Suburban Baha’is celebrating 200th anniversary of founder’s birth

Oct 19 2017 | 12:12 am - Baha’is in the suburbs and around the world will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the founder of their faith, during a series of events this weekend.

Arlington Heights increases ambulance fee, but only nonresidents pay

Oct 17 2017 | 11:39 pm - Arlington Heights will increase its ambulance transport fee by 275 percent, though officials say only uninsured nonresidents who utilize an ambulance while in town would actually have to pay the increased fees.

Arlington Heights rejects apartment building as too large

Oct 17 2017 | 7:50 am - Arlington Heights trustees rejected a developer’s plans Monday to build a 5-story, 88-unit apartment building on a long-vacant portion of land near the downtown.

Rauner on Illinois’ Amazon HQ bid: ‘I believe we’re going to win’

Oct 17 2017 | 4:57 pm - Gov. Bruce Rauner reiterated his pitch to lure Amazon’s second headquarters during a visit Tuesday to a manufacturing expo in Elk Grove Village. “We are the best location for companies like Amazon and I believe we’re going to...

Driver charged with striking Palatine High student in crosswalk

Oct 13 2017 | 8:15 am - A Palatine man has been charged with striking a Palatine High School student with his car by speeding in reverse in the school parking lot.

Dawn Patrol: Cubs headed to the NLCS

Oct 13 2017 | 6:09 am - Cubs headed to the NLCS. Protest organized ahead of GOP gun raffle in Kildeer. Rolling Meadows resident on ‘Jeopardy!’ today. CN, Nicor resolution allays winter heating concerns. Planners target expressways that are clogged 5 hours a...

As Rosemont prepares new TIF district, theater’s future uncertain

Oct 13 2017 | 4:40 pm - Rosemont is setting up its ninth tax increment financing district in hopes of luring a redevelopment opportunity that could result in the demise of the 22-year-old Rosemont Theatre.

Rolling Meadows resident will appear on ‘Jeopardy!’ Friday

Oct 12 2017 | 6:21 pm - The answer: This is a “very cool experience” and a bucket list item Rolling Meadows resident Michelle Kritselis says she always wanted to do. The question: What is her appearance on the legendary television game show...

High-speed crash deaths in suburbs mirror national increase

Oct 12 2017 | 9:15 am - The driver accused of driving 135 mph in a fatal crash last month in Wheaton is among several in the suburbs this year involving cases of extreme speeding. They mirror a national trend, where speeding-related deaths went up 4 percent.

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