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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State Senate candidates Murphy, Thillens debate ties to party bosses

Oct 20 2016 | 6:15 pm - Democratic incumbent state Sen. Laura Murphy and Republican challenger Mel Thillens fended off accusations from one another about being beholden to party leaders and special interests during a public debate in Des Plaines.

Wheeling Township voters get mailed South suburban ballots

Oct 21 2016 | 5:44 pm - Though Art Gollberg and his family live in Wheeling Township, they received absentee ballots in the mail marked Thornton Township, more than 50 miles away in the South suburbs. The error might have affected up to 42 voters, officials said.

Officials say Mariano’s opening in Des Plaines next March

Oct 20 2016 | 12:11 pm - As the building for a new Mariano’s grocery store in Des Plaines takes shape, the developer in charge of the $24 million project said Thursday the store should be open by next March.

Des Plaines flood buyouts finally move forward

Oct 19 2016 | 7:01 pm - Des Plaines officials say government buyouts of seven flood-prone homes near the Des Plaines River finally will proceed, after more than a year in limbo due to the state budget stalemate. “It’s good news, but it digs up all the bad...

Dawn Patrol: Cubs’ hitting slump continues in Game 3 loss

Oct 19 2016 | 6:01 am - Cubs drop Game 3. Lackey will start Game 4 tonight. How the Daily Herald staff photographs games. Gas line struck in Elgin. Warrenville cops hunting masked hotel bandit. Dold way ahead of Schneider in campaign cash. Trial begins for man accused of...

No consensus on building an underpass at S-curve in Des Plaines

Oct 18 2016 | 12:08 am - Des Plaines leaders remain divided on whether to spend more than $1 million on a walkway beneath the infamous Northwest Highway S-curve.

Gas line struck in Elgin

Oct 18 2016 | 8:06 pm - It took nine hours Tuesday for crews to repair a gas line struck by a contractor doing work on Elgin’s west side, authorities said.

Costs for new Dist. 59 administration center up as much as 25 percent

Oct 14 2016 | 12:59 pm - Cost estimates for Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59’s proposed administration center have increased as much as 25 percent, from $12.3 million to more than $15 million, officials said.

Dawn Patrol: Cubs will play Dodgers in NLCS

Oct 14 2016 | 7:01 am - Cubs will play Dodgers in NLCS. Waukegan police identify 3-year-old shooting victim. 14th Congressional candidates debate health care choices. New park, outdoor fitness area planned in Elgin. Elgin’s only Catholic high school turns 75. New...

Technology upgrades, teen center part of Des Plaines library renovation

Oct 13 2016 | 5:17 pm - The Des Plaines Public Library will host an open house Friday to celebrate completion of a $2.3 million renovation — the largest since the downtown library building opened 16 years ago.

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