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!).
It is going to be a big, busy week at the United Center after work continued all weekend to get the mass vaccination site ready.
Teachers in Bourbonnais were walking the picket line Thursday as a strike shuts down the city’s elementary schools.
Another sign that we may be turning the corner on COVID is that Illinois high school football teams began practicing Wednesday for an abbreviated springtime season.
A trampoline park in the south suburbs is back in business after the village shut it down for safety violations.
Chicagoans were able to shed their parkas and head outdoors for a rare taste of spring on Tuesday. But the warm weather is also causing flood concerns.
Homeowners along the river are worried about a sudden thaw, like the one two years ago that caused huge ice dams and flooding for miles upstream.
With temperatures plunging below zero and in the single digits lately, the fire department’s Marine Unit has been busy trying to keep the river open.
With Fat Tuesday this week, it is that time of year again when Chicagoans race to their favorite bakery to pick up those lovely little fried balls of dough called Paczkis.
A mother of two who was paralyzed during a carjacking is now getting some help from a southwest suburban brewery.
Ultraviolet technology is allowing Mundelein High School to zap the coronavirus with the flip of a switch. The tech is allowing the school to clean classrooms quickly and keep kids on campus.