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!).
Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Chicago's own clashes between the police and community are sparking tensions on the streets.
It is Chicago's first and original food hall, but vendors at the French Market say they may not be in business much longer.
Thousands of Illinois residents headed north this Memorial Day weekend to do activities in Wisconsin they cannot do at home.
President Donald Trump is ordering all churches and places of worship to reopen this Memorial Day weekend. But that order will have little effect in Illinois.
A big construction project at Gov. JB Pritzker’s Wisconsin horse farm has some questioning whether the governor is honoring the spirit of his own stay-at-home order.
There is a hairy controversy in southwest suburban Forest View after the police chief invited a hairstylist into the cop shop despite the COVID-19 lockdown.
The horses are at the starting gate and ready to run, as soon as they get the green light from Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.
The pandemic has been hard on high school seniors and seniors in nursing homes. That's why some Maine West High School graduates held a parade to cheer up and honor the elderly.
More than four years after he disappeared, Buddy the dog has been reunited with his Gage Park family.
It was a sky-high tribute to the thousands of people working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Navy’s Blue Angels paid a special visit to Chicago Tuesday to honor those workers.