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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Insurance to cover $1.5 million Rosemont dome repair costs

Aug 28 2015 | 10:11 pm - Rosemont officials say insurance should cover the $1.5 million cost to repair the village’s indoor sports dome, which had its roof collapse in a heavy storm earlier this month. "That's why we pay the premiums," Mayor Brad Stephens said.

Rosemont to install statue of late Mayor Donald Stephens

Aug 30 2015 | 12:42 am - A likeness of Rosemont’s iconic late Mayor Donald E. Stephens will be permanently cast in bronze outside the village hall from where he led. “It’s a testament to the work he did within the community,” said his son,...

Des Plaines couple charged with paying kickbacks to defraud Medicare

Aug 27 2015 | 3:58 pm - A Des Plaines wife and husband face federal charges of paying kickbacks to employees and a marketer in exchange for referrals of Medicare patients to the couple’s Chicago home health care company, prosecutors said Thursday.

Investigators comb scene for clues in deaths at Des Plaines-area home

Aug 28 2015 | 4:56 am - Investigators combed through a Des Plaines-area townhouse late into the night Thursday looking for clues to what caused a suspected hazardous material situation left two men dead and a woman in critical condition. Sheriff's police said they weren't...

Elk Grove Aldi misses liquor hearing, placing license in jeopardy

Aug 27 2015 | 2:46 pm - An Aldi grocery store clerk in Elk Grove Village sold alcohol to an undercover cop without asking for ID — a violation of local liquor laws — and now the store is in jeopardy of losing its liquor license if officials don’t show...

Dawn Patrol: Man killed in Wauconda robbery had BB gun, police say; Pedestrian killed by train in Mt. Prospect

Aug 26 2015 | 5:45 am - Officials say man killed in Wauconda robbery carrying BB gun; Pedestrian killed by train in Mt. Prospect; DuPage may discuss using bailiffs for court security to save money; Striking Barrington High janitors say restore pay and we'll negotiate;...

Police say Mt. Prospect woman walked around gates before being struck by train

Aug 26 2015 | 4:17 pm - A 54-year-old Mount Prospect woman walked around train crossing gates, in an apparent attempt to get to the other side, before she was struck and killed by an express train Tuesday night, police said Wednesday.

Lead paint removal pushes Maine West gym project $23,000 over budget

Aug 25 2015 | 9:45 am - A gym expansion project at Maine West High School will cost $23,000 more than expected after crews had to remove lead paint from steel roof support joists, officials said.

Elk Grove Twp. Dist. 59 opens new early learning center

Aug 25 2015 | 12:28 am - Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 officials cut the ribbon Monday on a new early learning center for the district’s preschool students. The $19 million, 60,000-square-foot building was constructed next to Holmes Junior High School in...

All private rooms coming to Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan

Aug 25 2015 | 6:18 pm - Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan received approval Tuesday for an $18 million renovation that paves the way to the hospital containing all private rooms, officials said.

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