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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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.

Advocate for Prospect Heights’ multifamily housing residents dies

May 21 2017 | 12:05 am - A former Prospect Heights alderman, who represented residents living in the city’s multifamily housing district on its east side, has died. Darlene Ahlstedt served on the city council from 1997-2007. She passed away on Wednesday. Ahlstedt was...

Longtime Arlington Heights minister led by example and service

May 19 2017 | 1:05 pm - The Rev. Karl Schmidt led St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Community in Arlington Heights for 30 years, where colleagues say he led by example and personified a true servant leader.

Joe Arndt was Arlington Lakes’ bird house man

May 17 2017 | 8:14 pm - For more than 20 years, Joe Arndt was a familiar sight riding in his golf cart on Fridays at Arlington Lakes Golf Course. He carried no clubs; instead he wore protective gear as he checked on the nearly 30 birdhouses he had built and maintained...

Former Hersey principal remembered as part of ‘Golden Era’

May 16 2017 | 4:56 pm - Thomas O’Driscoll, a career educator who worked at four different high schools in Northwest Suburban High School District 214, and helped open two, has died. He’s rememebered as a key figure in the “Golden Era of 214.”

Arlington Heights troupe alumni are Jeff nominees

May 15 2017 | 2:34 pm - What started out as a theater workshop for children in an Arlington Heights church basement, has come of age. Setting the Stage’s latest success stories came last month, when two graduates were nominated for non-equity Jeff Awards in Chicago.

Longtime Elk Grove sewer contractor John Bria dies

May 12 2017 | 4:39 pm - Longtime sewer and water contractor John Bria, who played a major role in developing Elk Grove Village’s infrastructure, has died.

Des Plaines school raises $500,000 for charity

May 09 2017 | 8:56 am - Late last month, more than 200 students at Forest Elementary School in Des Plaines spent the afternoon walking, jumping rope and dancing outdoors as part of the school's 37th annual spring fundraiser. Over the years, students and their families have...

Alfred Rosati leaned on family to help build pizza empire

May 06 2017 | 11:02 am - One of three founders of Rosati’s Pizza, the business that brought the idea of carryout meals and free delivery to the growing Northwest suburbs, has died.

Arlington Heights father of 2 dies after 12-year fight with cancer

May 05 2017 | 11:41 am - An Arlington Heights father of two, who brought joy and laughter to all those he encountered, has succumbed to the cancer he had fought for nearly 12 years.

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