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!).
A carjacking suspect being led into a Chicago police station on Thursday shot three officers who then returned fire and shot him, authorities said.
Governor JB Pritzker is tightening up rules for Illinois sports to protect athletes from COVID-19.
They say Chicago has to do a better job of catching and convicting killers, and they’re calling on Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to create a new witness protection program they say will help do just that.
Opening day for Chicago baseball will be Friday, and although fans won’t be allowed at games, it’s not stopping White Sox and Cubs fans from getting in on the action.
Hundreds of people tried jamming into Guthrie’s Tavern in Wrigleyville Tuesday night after the bar announced it is permanently closing on Thursday because of the city’s new COVID restrictions.
A community garden in Humboldt Park is parched under the hot sun after the city pulled the plug on its water supply.
“Ozone pollution they say is like a sunburn on your lungs. So it can actually burn and irritate your lungs, make it difficult to breathe, makes you cough," Thompson said.
Chicago's summer without baseball is coming to an end. Both the Cubs and White Sox held their first official workouts Friday in anticipation of a 60-game season scheduled to start later this month.
As Chicago prepares for what is historically one of the most violent weekends of the summer, a group of coaches and former athletes say if kids spend more time on the playground, they'll spend less time on the street.
A Chicago hot dog institution is about to close its doors on the North Side and thousands of Vienna Beef fans are flocking to the factory store to say goodbye.