Eileen O. Daday

Daily Herald Columnist

Eileen O. Daday has been contributing to the Daily Herald since 1986, when she first started covering prep sports in Wheeling. A local column opened up within a year in Arlington Heights and she hasn't looked back. She now writes a weekly column, called "Good News," that covers the positive and often uplifting things going on in the Northwest suburbs. She also serves as a floating news reporter, dispatched to cover events across the area, develop local features, as well as write news obituaries or life stories on local residents who have left their mark on the region.

Many of her columns and features seem to feature children, teens and families in the Northwest suburbs, and it's no wonder. Daday is the mother of six children, who literally have grown up around their mother's writing -- and have even occasionally been featured in it. Daday graduated from the University of Notre Dame, with a degree in American Studies and a communications concentration. While at Notre Dame, as a member of the university's second co-ed class, she worked for the daily newspaper on campus, the Observer, covering their fledgling women's sports program. Daday is a native of Arlington Heights, and she continues to make her home there.

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Barrington teen realizes her dream of attending elite Juilliard dance program

Jun 18 2018 | 12:06 pm - Morgan Clune of Barrington cannot imagine her life without dance, and now, with an acceptance into the elite dance program at the Juilliard School in New York, her vision appears to be a reality.

Hersey junior earns perfect scores on ACT and SAT

Jun 14 2018 | 12:51 pm - Three years ago, Clarissa Gomez was on top of the world after winning the state spelling bee hosted by the Knights of Columbus. Now, the Hersey High School junior has earned perfect scores on both the ACT and SAT.

Plum Grove Garden Club plants flowers, vegetables at Clearbrook group homes

Jun 12 2018 | 12:36 pm - Members of the Palatine-based Plum Grove Garden Club recently launched a “garden therapy” project in which they worked side-by-side with Clearbrook clients to plant flowers and vegetables at group homes.

Three Barrington Hills estates featured in Barrington Garden Fair and Marketplace

Jun 13 2018 | 6:15 am - One of the area’s largest garden tours returns this weekend in Barrington Hills.

How one woman’s vision started Hands of Hope

Jun 12 2018 | 12:27 pm - One woman’s vision to enlist her Barrington friends and neighbors to work to improve the conditions of women and children in Africa continues to drive volunteers involved in Hands of Hope.

How puppetry class helps District 54 English language learners

May 25 2018 | 3:34 pm - An unusual partnership played out last week when students in the Playful Puppeteers Club from Churchill School in Schaumburg set up their stage and puppets in front of Opera in Focus, a professional puppet theater in Rolling Meadows.

Inverness woman is taking action to help teens

May 30 2018 | 6:27 am - As a mother of four and grandmother of 10, Karen Fitzgerald worries about the growing number of school shootings and teenage suicides. But rather than wringing her hands, the Inverness woman is actively working to prevent future tragedies.

How new runners get in shape with Busse Woods Couch to 5K program

May 22 2018 | 6:25 am - More than 50 people have signed up for the Busse Woods Running Club's Couch to 5K program, and are working on getting in shape for their first race, the Salute 5K in Arlington Heights.

Rolling Meadows teen lands bowling scholarship to Vanderbilt

May 14 2018 | 12:02 pm - Angelique Dalesandro of Rolling Meadows is the first scholarship bowler in the history of St. Viator High School. Her performance at a youth bowling tournament caught the eye of coaches at Vanderbilt University, whose women’s bowling team...

‘One Book’ program earns Arlington Heights library a national award

May 09 2018 | 4:01 pm - The Arlington Heights Memorial Library has earned a prestigious national award for its success engaging the community through the acclaimed “One Book, One Village” campaign.

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