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 visited with the North Side family that's hoping lessons learned in their tragedy can prevent others.
It's being called perhaps the most important census in Illinois history and efforts are gearing up to try to make sure every person in the state is counted.
As she battles questions over her handling of the Jussie Smollett case, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx got a big endorsement Tuesday from Chicago area clergy.
This Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the deadly workplace shooting inside Aurora's Henry Pratt Company.
Some suburban Chicago women are brewing up a beer to help other women.
A brawl inside Lincoln Park High School was captured on a student's cellphone.
The parents of an 8-year-old autistic boy are suing his Berwyn school district, saying someone at the boy's school scribbled on his back with a permanent marker.
A Chicago alderman says he's cut a deal with Amazon to build a huge new warehouse in the Southside Pullman neighborhood that would produce hundreds of new jobs.
Lawyers and investigators working for convicted murderer Marni Yang are asking for evidence they believe will prove her innocence.
It's something you never thought you'd hear: Harley-Davidson is now producing a quiet motorcycle.