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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Schaumburg golf league holds fundraiser for local cancer patient

Jul 17 2017 | 12:23 pm - Members of the Women’s Golf League at the Schaumburg Golf Club think of themselves as more than playing 18 holes every week. They’re a sisterhood, and they take care of their own.

Rotarians support butterfly garden to help abused children

Jul 10 2017 | 11:40 am - Landscapers have been working steadily over the last few weeks, transforming the area behind the Children’s Advocacy Center in Hoffman Estates into a vibrant butterfly garden.

Arlington Heights library patron returns album 40 years late, clearing slate

Jul 06 2017 | 9:34 pm - Nearly 40 years have passed since a vinyl record album by experimental musician Harry Partch was “borrowed” from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. On Thursday, it returned, with Arlington Heights native Bill Paige saying,...

Prospect duo helps speech team earn excellence designation

Jun 30 2017 | 1:09 pm - Going in to the National Speech Tournament, Molly McDermott and Ben Marshall entered as the two-time Illinois state champions in their event and having placed third overall at nationals last year. Still, the Prospect students face a...

Frank Svoboda Jr. emphasized customer service, promotion of downtown Des Plaines

Jun 15 2017 | 5:10 pm - The namesake behind an iconic menswear store in Des Plaines, which clothed everyone from farmers and local residents to elected officials in the city, has died.

St. Marcelline youth construct walls for service project

Jun 13 2017 | 7:58 am - Parishioners at St. Marcelline Parish in Schaumburg recently labored together to construct walls for a new home in a rural part of Tennessee for a husband and wife who are permanently disabled.

District 214’s Sandlund remembered as ‘progressive’ leader, ‘music man’

Jun 09 2017 | 5:25 pm - Howard Sandlund’s career with Northwest Suburban High School District 214 began in 1964 and included serving as the band director at Prospect High School and principal at Rolling Meadows High School. Sandlund, a resident of Carol Stream,...

Pastor with deep suburban roots celebrates 25 years

Jun 07 2017 | 12:15 pm - The Rev. Jerome Jacob is a suburban native who has supported suburban families as their parish priest for the last 25 years.

Buffalo Grove students’ invention to appear on ‘Today’ show

Jun 05 2017 | 12:11 pm - A group of inventors in the entrepreneurship class at Buffalo Grove High School will land their product — Skunk Aid — on the “Today” show this week.

Palatine Girl Scout troop helps kids in protective custody

May 24 2017 | 6:25 am - If the mission of Girl Scouting is to build girls of character who make the world a better place, then the fifth-grade troop at Virginia Lake School in Palatine is succeeding.

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