Dane Placko is a general assignment reporter at FOX 32 News and enjoys covering a variety of stories, from spot news to sports to features.
Placko was born in Chicago in the Rogers Park neighborhood. He moved with his family first to Arlington Heights and then Palatine, where he attended both Fremd and Palatine High Schools. He majored in history at the University of Illinois at Urbana, then began his career in broadcasting at WHO Radio and T.V. in Des Moines.
After a brief stop in Milwaukee, Placko returned home to Chicago and FOX 32 News in 1992, where he has received Emmy awards for spot news reporting and writing.
An avid gardener, Placko lives on the city's Northeast Side, and is best known among his colleagues as a long-suffering Cubs fan (not anymore, though!).
Football fans often seek more than just two teams and a ball during games; they often crave a cold beer. In a FOX 32 special report, Dane Placko explores how Illinois' craft brewers can help you switch up your gameday drink lineup.
It's not unusual for the mayor of a big city like Chicago to have a security detail, but residents of south suburban Dolton, with a population of a little more than 20,000, are shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for police to drive and protect their mayor.
Legendary Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon is breaking into the Illinois weed market.
Thirty years in a single job is quite an accomplishment. But 30 years leading one of the city's biggest churches? That's a blessing.
There is anger and frustration among many south Side residents after thieves broke dozens of car windows in the South Loop and Bronzeville neighborhoods early Tuesday.
Two former employees of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services went on trial Monday over their handling of 5-year-old AJ Freund’s case in Crystal Lake before his death.
A northwest suburban animal shelter is trying to take a bite out of crime after it fell victim to digital fraud.
It was a deadly Labor Day holiday weekend on Lake Michigan, capped early Tuesday morning by a drowning about a mile off of 31st St. Beach.
Chicago first responders are searching for a swimmer who went missing a mile offshore of Lake Michigan Tuesday morning.
Monday was Labor Day and that means the WOOGMS Parade was back for its 61st year on the North Side!