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!).
“Chicago, we have to be smart, safe and peaceful. No matter the outcome of next Tuesday’s elections, we all know that emotions will be high because they already are,” said Mayor Lightfoot.
A "Get out the Vote" rally was held on Thursday.
Chicago’s Catholic community is celebrating the elevation of one of their own.
“When he hollered 'stop,' he just started shooting immediately. Immediately,” said eyewitness Darrell Mosier.
The mayor of southwest suburban Burr Ridge is in the spotlight after asking taxpayers for a whopping salary hike.
“Schools and drugs do not mix. Today it’s Old Saint Mary’s, tomorrow it could be your school,” said parent Kate Lamantia.
Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle says it is been a brutal year for government budgets, and Cook County is no exception.
As COVID-19 continues to spread out of control in Wisconsin, a judge there has struck down the governor’s order limiting the number of people in bars and restaurants.
After a summer of protest and racial reckoning, a group of political leaders say it’s time for Columbus Day to set sail into history.
The iconic Chicago brand teamed up with a fast growing suburban craft brewery to produce the first-ever caramel apple beer.