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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Arlington Heights District 25 unveils updated school logos

Apr 19 2018 | 8:53 am - Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 has unveiled updated logos for all nine of its schools that are being placed in and around the school buildings.

Why rare Action Comics nameplate was on display in Mount Prospect

Apr 19 2018 | 6:04 am - A prototype of a comic book nameplate known the world over — which had to be created before Superman could be — was on display for awestruck suburban superhero devotees Wednesday in Mount Prospect.

Arlington Heights trustees like plan to make south corridor more walkable

Apr 17 2018 | 8:44 am - Arlington Heights trustees Monday gave their endorsement to a plan aimed at revitalizing the southern entrance to town by improving the area's walkability, aesthetics and zoning restrictions.

It’s in the hole! Bill Murray helps open ‘Caddyshack’ in Rosemont

Apr 17 2018 | 6:10 pm - In what one might call a Cinderella story, one-time North Shore golf caddie Bill Murray returned to his roots in the Chicago suburbs Tuesday to help open his family’s new “Caddyshack”-themed sports bar.

Arlington Heights trustees to review vision for southern gateway

Apr 15 2018 | 10:40 pm - Arlington Heights trustees on Monday will conduct their first formal review of a plan aimed at revitalizing what’s seen as a gateway to the village.

Rolling Meadows fire leaves 90-year-old woman critically injured

Apr 13 2018 | 12:03 pm - A 90-year-old woman was critically injured and a family dog died after a fire early Friday in a Rolling Meadows house.

Rolling Meadows plans to replace vehicle stickers with natural gas tax

Apr 13 2018 | 9:31 am - Rolling Meadows officials have taken the first steps to levy a new natural gas tax that would replace revenue lost by the expected elimination of city vehicle stickers.

Dave & Buster’s will be first to open in Rosemont’s The Pearl District

Apr 13 2018 | 8:38 am - The first piece of Rosemont’s The Pearl District mixed-use complex will be unveiled Monday with the opening of a 40,500-square-foot Dave & Buster’s — the chain’s fifth in the Chicago area.

Dueling piano bar announced for Rosemont entertainment district

Apr 11 2018 | 4:13 pm - Rosemont’s entertainment district will soon feature dueling pianos inside a new bar that will be built in the district’s last remaining developable space, officials said Wednesday.

Rolling Meadows council signals support for video gambling

Apr 11 2018 | 6:24 pm - Rolling Meadows may soon join Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Wheeling and Prospect Heights as one of the Northwest suburban towns that allows video gambling at bars, restaurants and other establishments.

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