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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Firefighter, ice rink manager credited with saving man’s life

Apr 27 2017 | 6:17 pm - An off-duty Elgin fire lieutenant and Rolling Meadows ice rink manager are being credited with helping save the life of a man who had gone into cardiac arrest.

After Harper College board winner leaves town, incumbent takes his spot

Apr 27 2017 | 6:09 pm - Though he lost his re-election bid, Harper College Trustee Walt Mundt was reappointed by his colleagues after the candidate who beat him moved out of town.

Two District 15 educators named top in state by PTA

Apr 26 2017 | 5:28 pm - Two Palatine Elementary District 15 educators have won top recognitions from the Illinois PTA.

New District 15 board majority takes office

Apr 26 2017 | 11:23 pm - A new Palatine Elementary District 15 board majority was sworn in Wednesday, vowing to uphold a campaign pledge to improve communication with the community.

Baldino, Hatzis, Schmidt win Northwest suburban write-in races

Apr 25 2017 | 5:17 pm - The Cook County Clerk’s office certified election results Tuesday, confirming that write-in candidates Richard Baldino of Arlington Heights, Eleni Hatzis of Mount Prospect and Lawrence Schmidt of Streamwood won their races for village board.

Harper College could ask voters to pay for building plan

Apr 24 2017 | 7:24 am - While construction continues on building renovations at Harper College approved through a 2008 referendum, officials at the Palatine-based community college already are planning for additional projects over the next decade and beyond that likely...

Outgoing District 15 board fills vacancy

Apr 25 2017 | 6:08 am - Two days before a new board majority is sworn in, outgoing Palatine Elementary District 15 board members Monday appointed one-time candidate David Border to fill a vacancy on the board.

Police: Drunken driver thrown out of bar before fatal Des Plaines crash

Apr 21 2017 | 9:25 pm - The driver who was legally drunk and behind the wheel during a crash that killed three Arlington Heights family members in February was thrown out of a Des Plaines bar earlier that night for disorderly behavior, police said Friday.

Knights of Columbus Hall in Arlington Heights turns 60

Apr 20 2017 | 11:20 pm - For the last 60 years, Arlington Heights’ Knights of Columbus Hall has hosted its share of fish frys, parties and business meetings. Now following an internal renovation of the main hall, leaders will rededicate the building at 15 N. Hickory...

Rehab of Arlington Heights Vail Avenue garage begins

Apr 20 2017 | 6:27 pm - Work began this week on upgrades to the Vail Avenue garage in Arlington Heights, part of a $2.3 million, multiyear program to fix four village-owned garages in the downtown.

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