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!).
FOX 32's Dane Placko reports on the strange saga of Walter the wrestler and his stolen championship belt.
Jermaine Kelly, 25, showed FOX 32 the classroom that he is helping build on a corner lot in Englewood, using skills he learned from the "Revolution Workshop" -- a west side program that teaches carpentry and construction skills to inner city residents.
Two officers have been stripped of their police powers, but the suspect's family says the officers should be fired.
It happened without warning: A huge piece of concrete fell from the underside of a bridge, hitting several cars.
A woman was recently sexually assaulted in an alley in River North while two security guards for a popular bar stand nearby and do nothing to stop it.
Rogers Park is ground zero in the battle to protect the lakefront.
Martina Standley was hit and critically injured by a Chicago Police squad car last week, and now her family is filing suit, saying they don't believe it was an accident.
It's a case that captured headlines more than ten years ago: the pregnant girlfriend of a former Chicago Bear was shot to death in her north suburban condo.
Gunshots erupted in a gas station parking lot Thursday in south suburban Lansing. Someone fired at a parked car 15 times.
Every Wednesday, police post a video of someone caught in the act of committing a crime, hoping the public can help bring the suspect to justice.