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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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.

Boil order for two dozen Buffalo Grove homes

Jul 19 2016 | 11:23 am - About two dozen homes in Buffalo Grove continue to be under a boil order Tuesday, after a water main break, officials said.

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.

Two killed in head-on collision on Route 53 early Tuesday

Jul 19 2016 | 9:12 pm - A 21-year-old Mount Prospect man driving south in the northbound lanes of Route 53 in Rolling Meadows and another driver were killed early Tuesday in a head-on collision, authorities said.

Dist. 62 board president says give new superintendent a chance

Jul 19 2016 | 4:43 pm - Des Plaines Elementary District 62 Board President Stephanie Duckmann asked the community Monday to give new Superintendent Floyd Williams, Jr. a chance, days after a Daily Herald story detailing misconduct allegations against him at his last job.

Des Plaines may allow police flags on city-owned property

Jul 15 2016 | 10:57 pm - Des Plaines aldermen Monday will consider adding the Des Plaines police and fire department flags, and perhaps the thin blue line flag in tribute to fallen police officers, to the list of flags permitted to be flown on city-owned properties.

Des Plaines man tees up proposal on 18th green

Jul 14 2016 | 5:54 pm - When Mary Adams and boyfriend Patrick McGeean finished a round of 18 on July 2 at the Park Ridge Country Club, he had a big question for her. But he didn’t have to ask verbally. “Will You Marry Me?” was already spelled out on...

New Dist. 62 boss faced misconduct charges at last job

Jul 14 2016 | 11:49 pm - New Des Plaines Elementary District 62 Superintendent Floyd E. Williams Jr. faced dismissal from his last job at a Kenosha, Wisconsin, school district after his boss alleged he had nude images on his work computer and took photos of a staff member...

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