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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Dist. 207 fees for computers spreading out to lessen burden

Apr 28 2016 | 4:33 pm - For the first time next school year, Maine Township High School District 207 is proposing to allow families to pay the cost of a Chromebook over the course of four years, helping them to better manage costs.

Dawn Patrol: Rolling Meadows denies mosque move

Apr 27 2016 | 5:40 am - Rolling Meadows denies mosque move. $22.7 million awarded in fatal I-294 crash case. Naperville police apprehend ‘despondent’ man with gun. District 50 fires employee accused of shoving child to ground. Insanity defense coming for...

Former Elk Grove cop on 911 tape: 'I just shot and killed my wife'

Apr 28 2016 | 2:00 pm - A former Elk Grove Village police officer now living in Ohio called 911 Monday to say he shot and killed his wife, authorities say. Jeffrey Hawkins worked as an Elk Grove cop from 1990 until 1999, when he resigned in the midst of an internal...

Fired Oakton cop's lawsuit: 'Problem employee' ad is defamatory

Apr 28 2016 | 10:41 am - A former Oakton Community College public safety sergeant says in a federal lawsuit she was fired after alleging “systemic” gender discrimination and a hostile work environment. She also claims the school defamed her by posting fliers...

$4.8 million asking price for two Dist. 59 properties

Apr 26 2016 | 6:01 pm - Two properties owned by Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 are now officially for sale for at least $4.8 million — money the district hopes to use to build a new administration center.

How lacrosse is becoming an official IHSA sport

Apr 26 2016 | 6:25 am - Beginning in the spring of 2018, high school lacrosse boosters will finally get what they’ve lobbied years for: the official sanctioning of the sport by the IHSA. But some fear it could also mean the loss of some teams because schools...

Bob Mariano returns to Des Plaines to break ground on store

Apr 25 2016 | 7:42 pm - At age 17, Bob Mariano spent Saturdays, Sundays and evenings slicing deli meats at a Dominick’s store in Des Plaines. Now Mariano is building the 41st store of the growing grocery store chain that bears his last name about a mile away.

$2 million renovation project at Rosemont convention center

Apr 22 2016 | 8:10 pm - The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont is undergoing $2.1 million worth of renovations to bathrooms and concession stands, and getting a fresh coat of paint in exhibit halls.

Archbishop blesses cardinal’s grave stone at Des Plaines cemetery

Apr 21 2016 | 8:00 pm - A year after the death of Cardinal Francis George, a new memorial ledger stone marking his grave was dedicated and blessed Thursday by his successor, Archbishop Blase Cupich.

Dawn Patrol: New railroad could divert freight trains from suburbs

Apr 20 2016 | 5:41 am - New railroad through rural Illinois could help suburbs. Ex-employee accused of stealing from Oak Brook Park District. South Elgin trustee charged with forgery. Shuttered Polo Inn’s days in Des Plaines could be numbered. Aurora man accused of...

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