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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Des Plaines might bar campaign contributions from city contractors

Sep 26 2016 | 6:29 pm - With municipal elections around the corner next April, Des Plaines officials may toughen their ethics ordinance to further limit, or even outright ban, campaign contributions from companies that do business with the city.

Senate candidates Murphy, Thillens differ on direction of the state

Sep 23 2016 | 6:17 pm - Voters from Rosemont to Roselle will get to choose from two candidates for state Senate this November who have contrasting visions for Illinois. Democratic incumbent Sen. Laura Murphy, appointed last October, is being challenged by Republican Mel...

Oakton president donates raise for student scholarships

Sep 22 2016 | 4:34 pm - A little more than a year into her tenure, Oakton Community College President Joianne Smith is getting a contract extension. She is donating her $7,924 salary increase to the Oakton Educational Foundation to be used for student scholarships and...

Students exploring science careers try hand at robotic surgery in Hoffman Estates

Sep 22 2016 | 9:36 am - Dr. M. Susan Scanlon, who operates at Amita St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, hopes opportunities like the hands-on learning event she helped organize Wednesday will encourage more young women to seek careers in science-related fields.

Dawn Patrol: Aurora cousins sentenced for attack plot; Grayslake bank robbed

Sep 21 2016 | 5:46 am - Aurora cousins sentenced for plot to attack Joliet base; Grayslake bank robbed; Man jumps into Fox River during chase; Auction nets nearly $19,000 for late Huntley cop’s family; Women from suburbs die in ATV crashes; Police seek suspect who...

Police: Man jumps into Fox River during chase

Sep 20 2016 | 6:27 pm - A 28-year-old Oswego man jumped into the Fox River Tuesday morning to elude North Aurora police who were chasing him as part of an investigation into a suspicious vehicle, authorities said.

College student from Elgin dies in ATV crash

Sep 20 2016 | 5:36 pm - Brittany Godfrey, a 22-year-old college student from Elgin, died last weekend in an ATV crash in downstate Calhoun County, officials said.

Police seek suspect who robbed teen in Gurnee McDonald’s lot

Sep 20 2016 | 7:00 pm - Gurnee police said Tuesday they are looking for a suspect who reached into a vehicle and took money from a 13-year-old two weeks ago in a McDonald’s parking lot.

Des Plaines apartment building plan moving along

Sep 20 2016 | 12:35 am - Des Plaines aldermen Monday night seemed favorable to plans for a 7-story, 113-unit downtown apartment building on the former Sim’s Bowl site — as long as it has enough parking.

Fallout continues from Elk Grove library referendum bid

Sep 15 2016 | 5:56 pm - It’s been days since a campaign for an Elk Grove library district referendum ended, but those on either side of the issue are still arguing about it.

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