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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: See Eddie Money Friday at Waukegan's Genesee

Aug 19 2014 | 3:56 pm - Eddie Money brings his muscular pop-rock to the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan Friday, and the United Center hosts shows by two rock heavyweights, Tom Petty on Saturday and Arcade Fire on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mount Prospect elementary districts start year with new programs

Aug 18 2014 | 11:07 am - School opens this week in Mount Prospect's two elementary districts. Leaders of River Trails District 26 and Mount Prospect Elementary District 57 say that the ongoing transition to the Common Core will be a big part of the new year's educational...

Runners, cyclists help veterans at Barrington event

Aug 17 2014 | 6:39 pm - The fourth annual Barrington Honor Ride and Run took place Sunday in a new location, Citizens Park, and participants gave both the site and the cause rave reviews. The event features a number of athletic events, and it raises money for Ride 2...

Aurora police seek leads in fatal weekend shooting

Aug 17 2014 | 5:40 pm - Aurora police continue to ask for the public’s help as authorities investigate a fatal shooting that occurred early Saturday morning. Nathan Gonzalez, 20, of Aurora was killed in the shooting, which police believe was gang-related.

Tentative teachers pact reached in River Trails schools

Aug 14 2014 | 6:07 pm - The teachers union and the school board in River Trails Elementary District 26 have reached a tentative agreement on a new employment contract, officials announced Thursday. Details about the deal will be revealed after it is formally approved by...

Music notes: OK Go brings quirky pop back home

Aug 12 2014 | 2:05 pm - Offbeat alt-pop band OK Go, which formed in Chicago and includes a member from Elmhurst, will perform this Friday at Lincoln Hall in Chicago. Meanwhile, Chicago rapper Twista heads out to HOME Bar in Arlington Heights Friday to celebrate the release...

Mt. Prospect library to add teen, study space to second floor

Aug 13 2014 | 8:07 pm - Mount Prospect Public Library leaders are moving ahead with a plan to renovate the second floor of the library to create additional study/meeting rooms and an enclosed area for teens. The library plans to solicit bids for the project early in 2015.

‘Remember what we did’: Veterans honored in Gilberts

Aug 11 2014 | 5:38 pm - Local veterans who served during World War II and the Korean War were celebrated in Gilberts on Sunday with an event that featured pride, humor and solemnity. "We have to keep remembering," said Jerry Christopherson.

Music notes: Roots-music masters perform in Glen Ellyn

Aug 04 2014 | 3:24 pm - Good news for fans of traditional American music: The Holmes Brothers, a celebrated roots-music trio, will play a free (!) concert this weekend in Glen Ellyn. On the heavier side of things, fierce garage-rock band White Mystery performs in the city.

Popular Mt. Prospect soccer club still alive, kicking

Aug 03 2014 | 1:15 am - It began as a small German soccer club in Chicago. Today, it's a large and sophisticated soccer program, based in Mount Prospect, that has produced a number of elite players, including some who made the professional ranks. As it approaches its 60th...

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