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!).
"He made it out. He had it, he beat it, he's free. Just like his shirt says. He's truly my inspiration and my hero," said the boy's sister.
Suburban police departments are changing the way officers respond to 911 calls.
"Last night our wonderful parade became a scene of a horrible tragedy. Last night that parade became a nightmare," said Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly.
Chicago’s famous “Rooftop Pastor“ is back up on the roof again. Pastor Corey Brooks plans to spend 100 days living outdoors on top of some freight containers, in an effort to raise millions of dollars for a community center in Woodlawn.
On Saturday, hundreds of people marched through downtown Chicago in a noisy but peaceful demonstration against the acquittal. The march was organized by a number of social justice groups, including Black Lives Matter.
Many of those supporting Rittenhouse were wearing American flag gear and holding flags. But few of them were willing to go on camera, saying they are suspicious that the media will twist their words.
An armored car driver was fatally shot and another was critically wounded during a robbery in Chicago's Chatham neighborhood Monday morning.
"Yeah I'm glad [I got the shot]," 11-year-old Jacob Villasenor said, adding he did it because he wants to stop COVID-19 "once and for all" and to help the people who are sick.
On a day where we honor those who have served, we have to remember that sometimes veterans don't like to talk a lot about the sacrifices they made for this country. And that was the case with James Sullivan.
"This is a baby step for accountability. Garrett's not sorry. He hasn't said sorry. He doesn't care. He still thinks he's not wrong. He's mad we showed up at every court date," said Kristina Minwegen, whose Pitbull died in the fire.