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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Developer interested in Elk Grove Township Golf Road property

May 27 2016 | 11:37 pm - Elk Grove Township has a potential buyer for its youth services building in Mount Prospect, meaning that it could soon go back onto the tax rolls, officials said. Negotiations are underway with DiMucci Companies, said Supervisor Mike Sweeney.

Senior apartments proposed for former Des Plaines factory site

May 26 2016 | 6:42 pm - Pontarelli Cos. plans to build studio and one-bedroom apartments for those age 62 and older on the site of the shuttered Era Tool & Manufacturing Co. plant in Des Plaines.

Oakton professors to get raises, unless state legislation advances

May 25 2016 | 6:54 pm - Oakton Community College has reached a four-year deal with the union representing its 154 full-time faculty members, but the contract can be reopened for negotiations if state legislators implement a property tax freeze or pension cost shift that...

Police: Driver approaches girl walking to school in Mount Prospect

May 25 2016 | 6:53 pm - Mount Prospect police issued a community alert Wednesday after a man in a minivan approached a 14-year-old girl walking to school and made inappropriate comments.

Fundraiser for Elk Grove boy close to its goal

May 23 2016 | 5:23 pm - Some 300 family and friends have donated to a fundraiser aiming to raise $70,000 for a wheelchair accessible van for an Elk Grove Village boy born with cerebral palsy. Organizers are turning to the community to help them reach their goal.

Holocaust survivor tells his story to students in Mount Prospect

May 20 2016 | 6:30 pm - Samuel Harris estimates he’s given thousands of speeches over the past four decades recounting his experiences as one of the youngest Holocaust survivors. And though he says after every lecture it will be his last, he knows it can’t be.

Elk Grove library won’t build second floor

May 20 2016 | 3:33 pm - The Elk Grove Village Public Library won’t expand to a second level, library board trustees have decided, but they will look at repurposing existing space.

Renewed push for Lee Street tollway exit in Des Plaines

May 19 2016 | 10:24 pm - More than two years since talk surfaced about a possible eastbound Lee Street exit on the Jane Addams Tollway, some Des Plaines and Rosemont officials are making a renewed push for it, arguing it would be an economic boon for the area.

Gas explosion leaves gaping hole at Maine Township apartment building

May 19 2016 | 7:11 pm - Bricks, shattered glass, clothes and household furnishings were scattered about an unincorporated Maine Township apartment complex Thursday following a gas explosion in a garden apartment, authorities said. “I was on my side and next thing...

Dawn Patrol: 2 ex-Bears hurt in crash that killed Barrington Hills man

May 18 2016 | 6:34 am - Crash kills Barrington Hills man, injures two ex-Bears; officials take on TSA over airport security lines; judge to decide whether to drop some charges against Melodie Gliniewicz; documentary on murder of Rolling Meadows student airs Wednesday; cops...

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