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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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Boy raises nearly $1,000 for restoration of Mt. Prospect's Central School

Nov 18 2014 | 10:42 am - At the tender age of 8, Nolan Hahn of Mount Prospect is one of the leading donators to a village cause: the renovation of the 19th century one-room schoolhouse, Central School. “It's part of Mount Prospect's history,” Nolan says.

Nurses' care sparks legacy gift to Northwest Community Hospital

Nov 11 2014 | 8:48 am - The compassionate care of orthopedic nurses for a patient more than 10 years ago has resulted in a nearly million dollar bequest to Northwest Community Hospital by the Laseke family. “I wanted to make sure she wasn't in pain and was...

Clinic painting event in Palatine draws lots of volunteers

Nov 03 2014 | 2:47 pm - Take nearly 100 volunteers, 158 paint brushes and 37 gallons of paint, and it adds up to a complete makeover for a medical clinic located at the Palatine Opportunity Center. HandsOn Suburban Chicago, a volunteer agency based in Arlington Heights,...

Lake Zurich native fundraising for Guatemalan orphanage when she volunteers

Oct 29 2014 | 7:37 pm - A summer spent volunteering at an orphanage in Guatemala had a life-changing impact on Kelly Loch of Lake Zurich. Not only has she undertaken a fundraising campaign for the children at the orphanage, but she also now is contemplating returning next...

Smart Farm in Barrington proves to be a smart idea

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Royals' run to Series sparks memories of Arlington Heights' Splittorff

Oct 20 2014 | 1:56 pm - As the Kansas City Royals revel in their first trip to the World Series in 29 years, Arlington Heights friends of the late Paul Splittorff recall his remarkable career — and where it all began. Splittorff's former American Legion coach, Lloyd...

WINGS second in nationwide Allstate fundraising challenge

Oct 13 2014 | 2:26 pm - Two local agencies came in first and second amoung 140 nationwide in an Allstate fundraising challenge to programs addressing domestic violence. The YWCA North Shore in Evanston wound up in first place, after raising more than $311,000, about...

Dogs making a big impact on patient care at local hospitals

Oct 06 2014 | 11:05 am - It's official. Health care is going to the dogs. At Northwest Community Hospital, administrators have started training their 10th team of animal assisted therapy dogs and trainers — just to keep up with demand. At nearly the same time,...

WINGS, YWCA neck and neck in Purple Purse Challenge

Oct 01 2014 | 12:27 pm - Two domestic violence agencies, the Evanston YWCA and WINGS are 1 and 2, respectively, in this year's fundraising Purple Purse Challenge. You can still donate through 11 a.m. Friday.

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