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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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Wheeling District 21 getting Keeneyville District 20’s superintendent

Dec 15 2017 | 12:08 am - Michael Connolly was chosen Thursday to be Wheeling Township Elementary District 21’s new superintendent starting next summer. “It was very clear to me from the first get-go this place was about kids and communities, and what I have...

Hersey honors veterans past and present

Dec 15 2017 | 6:32 pm - John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights saluted veterans young and old Friday by dedicating a permanent tribute to those who’ve served and celebrating what’s become an annual fundraising effort for a veteran in need.

Wheeling District 21 requests 11 percent levy hike

Dec 15 2017 | 11:52 am - Wheeling Township Elementary District 21 is requesting a 10.9 percent property tax levy increase, though in effect the district only expects the amount it requests from taxpayers to go up 2.6 percent, officials said.

Rosemont reveals new holiday TV commercials, billboards

Dec 14 2017 | 4:56 pm - Rosemont has revealed a new set of holiday-themed television commercials and billboards promoting the village’s entertainment offerings.

Cost of doing business: $128,000 to replace signs at Rosemont park

Dec 13 2017 | 4:32 pm - Some 130 signs at MB Financial Park — Rosemont’s 200,000-square-foot entertainment district — will be replaced at a cost of more than $125,000 with “Parkway Bank Park” signs after a new naming rights deal takes...

Too late for Rolling Meadows to limit cell tower height?

Dec 12 2017 | 11:26 pm - Efforts to limit the height of a proposed cell tower antenna in Kimball Hill Park in Rolling Meadows — from 75 feet to 45 feet — may come too late, city officials said Tuesday.

Wheeling art teacher emphasizes academics too

Dec 08 2017 | 10:35 am - Art class at Holmes Middle School in Wheeling is rarely “draw whatever you want,” said Steve Hamann, who’s been teaching there for the last three years. “I think art should be a fun place, but it’s also an area of...

What's included in Arlington Heights Olympic Park expansion plan

Dec 12 2017 | 6:01 am - The Arlington Heights Park District has revealed blueprints for its proposed $16 million expansion and renovation of the Olympic Indoor Swim Center.

Donna McAllister, longest serving Des Plaines city clerk, dies

Dec 09 2017 | 5:17 pm - Donna McAllister, the longest serving city clerk in Des Plaines history, died Friday. She was 88. At a ceremony honoring her in 2007, then-Mayor Tony Arredia called her the “secretary to the city.”

Arlington Heights artist appears on CBS Sunday Morning

Dec 07 2017 | 2:23 pm - An Arlington Heights artist got some rays of exposure this week — albeit for a brief moment — on national TV.

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