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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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Pence in Rosemont fires up voters, praises Rauner ahead of fall elections

Jul 13 2018 | 9:23 pm - Vice President Mike Pence came to Rosemont Friday to fire up conservative voters ahead of the midterm elections and rally support for Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and GOP members of the Illinois congressional delegation. Trump opponents showed up to...

Roskam, Hultgren to skip Pence event in Rosemont, but Rauner won’t

Jul 12 2018 | 9:06 pm - U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam is skipping Vice President Mike Pence’s appearance Friday in Rosemont — planning to be in Washington to take votes instead — but Gov. Bruce Rauner will be at the event to introduce Pence, officials...

Arlington Heights deacon returns from medical mission to Uganda

Jul 11 2018 | 3:02 pm - Deacon Don Grossnickle of Arlington Heights calls his recent eight-day medical mission trip to Africa a success, but says there’s more work to do to help combat malaria there.

Rosemont prepares for Pence’s visit Friday, possible protests

Jul 12 2018 | 4:43 pm - Vice President Mike Pence will speak at an event Friday in Rosemont, where local officials are busy making security preparations and bracing for expected protests.

Plans for new hotel resurface in Arlington Heights

Jul 09 2018 | 5:35 pm - The developer behind a previously rejected hotel on the south side of Arlington Heights is bringing back another revised proposal in hopes of winning approval from the village board.

Leadership changes at Mount Prospect Historical Society

Jul 05 2018 | 5:37 pm - Frank Corry, who as board president helped oversee the relocation and restoration of the Mount Prospect Historical Society’s 1896 Central School, is stepping down from that post, officials said.

Bigger stormwater basin to alleviate flooding in Arlington Heights

Jul 02 2018 | 11:23 pm - Arlington Heights plans to increase the size of a stormwater detention basin to alleviate flooding in the Cypress Street area — the first major project to be funded in part by a newly-implemented stormwater utility fee.

Rolling Meadows planners OK with mosque plan, with an exception

Jul 03 2018 | 11:20 pm - A Rolling Meadows panel issued a mixed recommendation Tuesday on a proposal to build a mosque on Hicks Road, saying the plans are satisfactory but the religious site shouldn’t be within a manufacturing area.

Olympic pool expansion in Arlington Heights to cost nearly $17 million

Jun 29 2018 | 6:45 am - A two-story, 32,000-square-foot addition to the Olympic Indoor Swim Center in Arlington Heights, along with upgrades to the existing building, is expected to cost nearly $17 million, per the bid price approved Thursday by the park board.

Arlington Heights homes get sump pump pipes moved

Jun 29 2018 | 6:12 pm - Residents in the Arlington Market subdivision in Arlington Heights are getting new code-compliant sump pump discharge pipes, resolving a long-running dispute over where water was being deposited.

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