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 Scout’s project results in little library at Hoffman Estates school

May 23 2016 | 3:19 pm - A partnership between a Hoffman Estates school and a Barrington Eagle Scout candidate has resulted in the latest “little free library” and its movement to create a literacy-friendly neighborhood.

Series of events marks Wheeling High School band accomplishments

May 16 2016 | 1:59 pm - A prime indication of the quality of the Wheeling High School band program is the number of graduates who go on to pursue music in college — or continue to play for enjoyment.

Cops, firefighters learn how to handle horses in emergencies

May 13 2016 | 3:41 pm - Out in the rural Barrington area, knowing how to handle a horse in case of a barn fire or other calamity could mean the difference between tragedy and a happy ending. Barrington area police and firefighters were trained Wednesday in emergency horse...

Teacher uses Got2Run to inspire her Carpentersville students

May 09 2016 | 3:57 pm - A fourth-grade bilingual teacher with Barrington Unit District 220 is sharing her love of running with her students, which will be on display at the Got2Run for Education event in Arlington Heights.

Schaumburg restaurateur, student and food pantry honored for their good works

May 04 2016 | 1:39 pm - Katy Garcia has a business model for Riccardo’s Ristorante in Schaumburg, which she owns with her husband, Waldo, its head chef: give away as much as you can. That policy earned her an award as Schaumburg Adult Volunteer of the Year.

At 30, Alexian Ball is less Hollywood, still mission-focused

Apr 28 2016 | 5:52 pm - As the Alexian Brothers Foundation readies for its 30th annual ball on May 7, the fundraiser’s purpose now focuses on the serious mission of treating behavioral health issues.

Suburban painter Norma Simone lived the ‘artful’ life

Apr 28 2016 | 7:48 pm - Norma Simone, a nationally known artist with works in private and corporate collections, died Monday at Victory Centre of Bartlett, where she also had exhibited. She was 95.

Donations down for suburban military charity

Apr 21 2016 | 10:21 am - A little more than five years after Lance Corp. James Stack of Arlington Heights was killed in Afghanistan, his memory lives on in the form of a charity that brightens the lives of military personnel overseas. But donations are down this year, and...

Inverness Realtor was personal secretary to Ted Kennedy in the early 1960s

Apr 21 2016 | 11:19 am - Mary Jane Felt was better known in the Northwest suburbs as an award-winning Realtor, but in the early 1960s she was personal secretary to Sen. Ted Kennedy. Felt died Saturday at 82.

Coffee cart part of District 214 ‘life’ program for special ed students

Apr 26 2016 | 9:27 am - A coffee cart at the District 214 administration building is part of a transition program for more than 40 students called “life.” The acronym stands for learning, independence, fulfillment and enrichment, as it literally helps prepare...

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