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!).
The local businesses are creating hand sanitizer as the U.S. deals with shortages.
There is a ground stop at Midway Airport Tuesday after three workers at a control tower tested positive for COVID-19.
Unlike the teachers’ strike, which closed schools last year, Jackson says parents need to know there will be no programs or childcare options being offered during the coronavirus shutdown.
Professional sports games are being put on hold as the U.S. rushes to stop the spread of the coronavirus, meaning the start of baseball season in Chicago -- which is a celebrated spring tradition -- is being delayed.
While Vaughn High School on the Northwest Side remains closed because of coronavirus concerns, the rest of Chicago Public Schools remain open under a watchful eye.
Hundreds packed the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines for the official opening of the BetRivers Sportsbook, which is the first legal land-based sports gambling venue in the state of Illinois.
Two Chicago SWAT police officers are being awarded for last month's dramatic rescue of a man from the icy waters of Lake Michigan.
On Thursday, an attorney for the man charged with first-degree murder outside Richard’s Bar says the man who died was actually the aggressor.
Stanley Wrice walked out of a federal courtroom Monday after closing arguments in his civil suit against the city of Chicago and two former cops.
A federal class-action lawsuit was filed against the City of Chicago Wednesday, which alleges the city's towing and seizure policy is unconstitutional.