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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Century-old Woodman’s expanding suburban reach

Jun 26 2016 | 8:20 am - Planned Woodman’s grocery stores in Buffalo Grove and Lakemoor signal the Wisconsin company’s continued expansion south of the border into the suburbs.

Des Plaines considers making 'City of Destiny' part of its future

Jun 24 2016 | 4:45 pm - “The City of Destiny” is a part of Des Plaines' past, and it may be in its future, too, if a city branding ad hoc committee gets its way.

Elk Grove to get $1M worth of new trees

Jun 22 2016 | 12:59 pm - Elk Grove Village will spend more than $1 million over the next five years to replace trees on its parkways that have fallen victim to the emerald ash borer.

Elk Grove mayor says Islamic prayer center comments are 'inappropriate'

Jun 22 2016 | 10:37 pm - Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson said he was offended by a half dozen “inappropriate” comments he received from people opposed to an Islamic prayer and meeting center opening inside an office building in town.

Des Plaines aldermen reject additions to mayor's ethics ordinance

Jun 21 2016 | 4:43 pm - Des Plaines aldermen Monday night rejected Mayor Matt Bogusz's proposed ethics ordinance additions that would have required elected officials to disclose whether they have any active lawsuits filed against the city.

Looking back at Donald Stephens' Rosemont legacy

Jun 17 2016 | 9:30 pm - Sixty years after he founded Rosemont and nearly a decade after his death, people are still talking about Don Stephens. On Father's Day, a lasting impression of the late mayor — in the form of an 8-foot, 1,500-pound bronze-cast statue —...

Des Plaines police chief during Gacy investigation dies at 92

Jun 17 2016 | 9:52 pm - Former Des Plaines Police Chief Lee Alfano, who led the department during the John Wayne Gacy investigation, died this week in Arizona, a friend said Friday.

Des Plaines couple celebrates 75 years of marriage

Jun 16 2016 | 5:44 pm - Frank and Mary Andrews, of Des Plaines, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary this month. So what’s the secret to a long, happy marriage? “I do what I’m told,” Frank said at the couple’s recent anniversary...

Des Plaines officials tell lawyer to stop using similar logo

Jun 15 2016 | 5:56 am - Des Plaines officials told former aldermanic candidate Bob Porada on Tuesday to stop using a logo for his law firm that looks similar to a city logo found on street banners, patrol cars and coffee mugs.

Work set to begin on $2.3 million Elk Grove park upgrade

Jun 13 2016 | 4:17 pm - A $2.3 million project to replace a concession stand, bathrooms and maintenance buildings at the Elk Grove Park District’s Community Athletic Fields will break ground soon.

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