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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From shy to stellar: St. Viator student racks up accomplishments

Mar 19 2018 | 1:06 pm - Thomas Stanila knew no one on campus when he showed up at St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights four years ago. Today, the Elgin teen is well known at the school and elsewhere for his litany of academic and musical accomplishments.

Batavia mom is raising awareness for Type 1 diabetes

Mar 12 2018 | 11:18 am - Joan Benedetto of Batavia is finding powers within herself she never knew she had. Ever since her son, Jayce, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, she has become a tireless advocate.

How suburban dogs comforted mourners after Parkland shooting

Mar 07 2018 | 8:21 am - As deployment director of a K-9 Ministry run by Lutheran Church Charities, Rich Martin of Lake Barrington dispatched golden retrievers and their handlers to Parkland, Florida, after the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Meet the local students who performed at Super Bowl halftime

Feb 27 2018 | 7:40 am - Students in the University of Minnesota Marching Band regularly perform for more than 50,000 people during games at TCF Bank Stadium. Earlier this month, they landed one of the biggest gigs on television: the halftime show of the Super Bowl.

More than 100 ensembles from five states to play at Jazz in the Meadows

Feb 21 2018 | 1:43 pm - Rolling Meadows High School promises to be a busy place on Saturday, Feb. 24, when more than 100 jazz bands descend on the school for the 33rd edition of Jazz in the Meadows.

Enter creative works in District 214 Arts Unlimited contest

Feb 21 2018 | 4:39 pm - Bill Leece, the former yearbook adviser at Rolling Meadows High School, returns this year as a judge in the Arts Unlimited Community Art & Writing contest, hosted by the Daily Herald and Northwest Suburban High School District 214.

‘The Selfish Giant’ puppet show tells tale of generosity

Feb 19 2018 | 12:30 pm - Puppeteer Blair Thomas will bring Oscar Wilde’s short story “The Selfish Giant” to life in Arlington Heights on Feb. 24.

What's it like to be Olympic alternate? Ask Gurnee skater Danny O'Shea

Feb 13 2018 | 12:10 pm - Pairs figure skating events are about to open at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and for former U.S. champions Danny O'Shea of Gurnee and his partner Tarah Kayne, it is a bittersweet moment. But the two are remaining upbeat and celebrating their...

‘The Wild Robot’ children’s author visits schools, bookstore

Feb 08 2018 | 9:16 am - Children’s author and illustrator Peter Brown will be visiting Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville next month to promote the sequel to his award-winning first novel, “The Wild Robot.”

Bowling fundraiser to benefit disabled at Little Angels

Feb 01 2018 | 7:22 am - A unique Super Bowl party in Hoffman Estates offers fans a winning proposition: unlimited bowling and the chance to benefit residents of the Marklund Wasmond Center.

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