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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New Butera grocery store in Des Plaines to open in January

Jul 30 2016 | 11:05 am - Butera Market will open its new grocery store in Des Plaines in January, though it couldn’t work out a lease deal to keep the nearby Joe Caputo & Sons store open until then, officials said.

Nursing home addition takes shape in Des Plaines

Jul 29 2016 | 12:20 am - Construction should be complete by the end of the year on a two-story, 24,000-square-foot nursing home addition at the Asbury Court Retirement Community in Des Plaines, officials said Thursday.

Teens, young adults gathering in Des Plaines for World Youth Day

Jul 28 2016 | 3:38 pm - They may not be able to be at World Youth Day in Poland in person, but as many as 300 local young adults will be there in spirit by attending an overnight event this weekend at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines.

Dawn Patrol: Bland’s mother speaks at DNC; Sox beat Cubs

Jul 27 2016 | 6:08 am - Bland’s mother speaks at DNC; redacted report sheds little light on Sandack resignation; prosecutors: Woman ran down boyfriend after argument over infidelity; fight over drugs leads to Zion stabbing; man rescued from ditch after Elk Grove...

Man rescued from ditch after Elk Grove Village crash

Jul 26 2016 | 9:32 pm - A driver was rescued from a water-filled ditch after colliding with another car Tuesday in Elk Grove Village, authorities said.

Fight over drugs leads to Zion stabbing, police say

Jul 26 2016 | 5:18 pm - An argument over drugs led to a fatal stabbing at a Zion gas station on Monday night, police said Tuesday.

Des Plaines officials weigh spending up to $8.8 million on new downtown garage

Jul 21 2016 | 4:26 pm - Des Plaines officials are considering whether to spend more than $8 million for a new downtown parking deck behind city hall and the police station.

Controversial plan for 58 townhouses in Des Plaines in limbo

Jul 20 2016 | 4:59 pm - A controversial plan for 58 townhouses in downtown Des Plaines is in limbo after the city council rejected the plan this week — months after initially approving it.

Des Plaines could reduce water bills, but how soon?

Jul 20 2016 | 7:25 pm - Des Plaines residents could see their water bills cut, under a plan proposed by three aldermen. But Mayor Matt Bogusz says it's too soon to pass along savings the city is gaining after hooking up to a new water source.

Thin blue line flag not yet flying in Des Plaines

Jul 19 2016 | 7:14 pm - The thin blue line flag was not yet flying over Des Plaines city hall Tuesday, even after aldermen voted to allow it amid debate whether they should have a say in what flags go up in front of city buildings.

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