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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Star-studded reward for suburban kids committed to serving others

Apr 27 2015 | 4:16 pm - Thousands of students from across the suburbs punched their tickets to a star-studded youth empowerment event Thursday at Allstate Arena in Rosemont by committing to improve their communities and the world. Members of the service learning club at...

Parking raises concerns for Des Plaines townhouse project

Apr 25 2015 | 1:20 am - Residents living near a proposed 101-townhouse development northwest of downtown Des Plaines are concerned with a lack of adequate parking as presented. Orleans Homes is proposing construction of 20 townhouse buildings on five blocks at what is now...

Des Plaines council committee postpones meeting about police inquiry

Apr 23 2015 | 10:55 pm - A Des Plaines city council committee meeting to discuss a possible investigation of the city’s police department has been postponed. The meeting of the Legal and Licensing Committee was scheduled for Thursday night at City Hall, but committee...

'Regular person' Cardinal George takes final resting place in Des Plaines

Apr 24 2015 | 8:31 am - Whether they knew him or not, those who gathered for Cardinal Francis George's burial at a Des Plaines cemetery say the Chicago native left a mark on them and the church he led. “The way Jesus preached his word — he brought to us,”...

Des Plaines alderman says Rosemont 'trying to kill' O'Hare Lake redevelopment

Apr 23 2015 | 5:38 am - A Des Plaines alderman believes Rosemont officials are trying to quash a $1 billion development of offices, hotels, residential towers and retail spaces on the towns' border, but Rosemont's mayor says he's just trying to represent his constituents.

Des Plaines park board OKs giving land to Mariano’s developer

Apr 22 2015 | 12:11 am - A proposed Mariano’s in Des Plaines took a step closer to becoming a reality Tuesday with the park board’s approval of a plan giving the store’s developer permission to use a portion of a neighboring park that would provide...

How to navigate the Des Plaines area during Cardinal George's burial service

Apr 23 2015 | 10:43 am - Officials are preparing for hundreds of mourners at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines for Cardinal Francis George's burial Thursday afternoon, which will involve road closures in the area. Check our map of the procession route to see how you can...

Des Plaines aldermen push for investigation of police department

Apr 23 2015 | 6:03 am - Des Plaines Alderman Jim Brookman is pushing for an outside investigation of the city police department, saying that several questionable incidents in the last few months could mean systemic problems with the department.

Des Plaines park board will take vote tonight on Mariano’s access

Apr 21 2015 | 5:39 am - The first step to securing a new Mariano’s in Des Plaines could be decided by the park board Tuesday. The board of commissioners is expected to consider an agreement that could give a developer permission to use part of a neighboring park to...

Cardinal George to be buried at All Saints in Des Plaines

Apr 19 2015 | 12:12 am - Tradition holds that Chicago archbishops are interred in the Bishops’ Mausoleum at Mount Carmel Cemetery in West suburban Hillside. However, it may not be surprising that Cardinal Francis George, the first native Chicagoan to serve as...

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