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Matt Arado

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Matt Arado is a part-time reporter at the Daily Herald who writes about news happening in Mount Prospect and surrounding suburbs. He also contributes music and general entertainment stories to the Daily Herald's weekly Time Out! section, and he works on Sundays in the Daily Herald's Lisle office as the daytime DuPage County reporter.

Arado joined the Daily Herald's local news staff in 1999. He covered several beats while on staff, including the communities of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Mount Prospect. In 2006, he starting splitting his time between writing feature stories for the paper and working on the daytime copy desk.

He was named to the Daily Herald's new Suburban Edge reporting staff in 2008, covering education and pop culture. In 2009, Arado switched to a part-time schedule so he could pursue a master's degree in creative writing at Columbia College Chicago.

Arado has received a number of awards for his writing during his career, including Peter Lisagor awards in 2011 (for arts reporting) and 2012 (for investigative reporting). He graduated from Lawrence University with a degree in English, and he expects to complete his master's degree in December of 2014. He lives with his family in Evanston. His interests include rock/pop music (on vinyl!), novels, White Sox baseball cards, and movies.

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Music Notes: Luicidal brings old-school punk to Lombard

Jul 29 2014 | 6:15 am - Luicidal, a new band anchored by two members of the classic 1980s punk band Suicidal Tendencies, will play songs from ST's first three albums during a show next week at Brauerhouse in Lombard. And pop star/drum whiz Sheila E. returns to Buddy Guy's...

Children with special needs go through knight training at Medieval Times

Jul 28 2014 | 11:54 am - Medieval Times in Schaumburg, with help from Variety of Illinois Children's Charity, gave children with special needs a chance to train like knights Sunday. The children learned how to swing a sword, watched an actual sword fight and became honorary...

Demolition derby again a big hit at DuPage County Fair

Jul 27 2014 | 8:22 pm - The cars roared. The mud flew. The crowd cheered. Hundreds filled the grandstand at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton Sunday afternoon for the first of two demolition derbies.

Mt. Prospect teens learn to be entrepreneurs

Jul 27 2014 | 5:25 pm - The Youth Entrepreneur Academy, which turns young people into thriving business owners, returns this fall to Prospect High School."It's hugely important to reach young people these kinds of lessons," said Susan Dozier, a vice president of American...

Survey asks Mt. Prospect residents about housing, development issues

Jul 23 2014 | 5:25 pm - The village of Mount Prospect is asking residents to identify what they see as important needs in the village with respect to housing, roads, economic development and more. Results of the survey, which is available online and in print form at select...

Music Notes: Handsome Family, Death Cab to rock Hideout party

Jul 24 2014 | 6:54 am - If you're looking for a less-crazy rock festival this summer, checkout the annual Hideout Block Party, featuring the Handsome Family and Death Cab for Cutie among others. Plus, hard-rockers Black Stone Cherry will unlease its guitar-based attack in...

Alpine Fest Parade a sweet tradition in Lake Zurich

Jul 20 2014 | 6:26 pm - The Alpine Fest Parade, which organizers say is the largest parade in Lake County, marched through downtown Lake Zurich in front of a clapping, cheering and candy-hungry crowd on Sunday. Hundreds of people lined Main Street to watch the marching...

Man dies while swimming in Fox River

Jul 21 2014 | 3:07 pm - Rescue teams from across the suburbs helped Sunday to recover the body of swimmer in the Fox River in Carpentersville. According to a news release late Sunday, the man's body was recovered round 5 p.m. near Angelina Place after hours of searching.

Big music weekend keeps Chicago, suburbs rocking

Jul 18 2014 | 11:48 am - It's a ginormous weekend in the Chicago for music fans, as three big rock events -- the Warped Tour, the Pitchfork Music Festival, and Mayhem Festival -- are taking place. In total, more than 100 bands will perform, including many from the city and...

Downtown Mt. Prospect fire not labeled arson so far, chief says

Jul 18 2014 | 4:50 pm - Though an Illinois State Fire Marshal’s report classifies a February fire that destroyed a prominent building in downtown Mount Prospect as “incendiary in nature,” Mount Prospect Fire Chief John Malcolm said neither the terms...

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