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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New Prospect Heights group aims to involve kids in community service

Sep 26 2016 | 12:11 pm - A recently launched grass-roots organization, PH Kids Care, served a Patriot Day meal Sept. 10 to Prospect Heights police and fire department members.

Students, teachers re-create journey of French explorer

Sep 12 2016 | 1:04 pm - Exactly 40 years ago, a crew of 16 students and eight teachers — most from Larkin High School in Elgin — set out on a 3,300-mile canoe journey across North America to recreate the expedition of French explorer René-Robert Cavelier...

100-year-old leads Senior Olympics in Arlington Heights

Aug 29 2016 | 1:00 pm - On any given day, Dick Breeden can be seen riding his three-wheel bike around the campus of Luther Village in Arlington Heights.

Low-profile veterans support group celebrates 20 years

Aug 19 2016 | 11:20 am - TLS Veterans in McHenry just might be the best kept secret among organizations reaching out to military families. Its leaders want to let the secret out.

Wheeling students discover the wonder of gardening

Aug 15 2016 | 12:09 pm - Students at London Middle School in Wheeling have discovered the wonders of gardening and growing things, and the satisfaction of helping their neighbors eat healthy food

Veteran came back from ‘a very low place’

Aug 19 2016 | 11:20 am - Joel Van Cleve served more than 10 years in the military. When he returned home he had a plan of getting a job and ramping up a career. It didn’t happen that way.

Neighbors fete veteran as hero on return from Honor Flight

Aug 14 2016 | 6:46 am - Flags lined the driveway of 90-year old veteran John Torchalski, and there were more in his front yard and across his bushes. A thank-you sign stood in the yard and a photo from his military days was fastened to the front door, with a welcome home...

TLS Veterans to host benefit concert Aug. 26

Aug 19 2016 | 11:19 am - In celebration of its 20 years of serving local veterans, McHenry-based TLS Veterans is hosting a benefit concert.

Schaumburg golf event funds recreation scholarships, park improvements

Aug 10 2016 | 3:34 pm - The Links Technology Cup golf outing Wednesday is the largest fundraiser for the Schaumburg Park Foundation. Its 9th annual outing drew a near record turnout, with 160 golfers descending on the Schaumburg Golf Club.

Mane Event the place to be in Arlington Heights

Aug 05 2016 | 9:47 pm - One of the biggest weekends of the summer kicked off Friday night in downtown Arlington Heights with the annual Mane Event block party. Thousands of residents filled the streets, sampling specialties from 20 local restaurants and accepting giveaways...

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