Sheila Ahern

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Sheila Ahern currently covers Mount Prospect, Wheeling and Northwest Suburban High School District 214, along with the elementary school districts in the area. She joined the Daily Herald in July 2005 after working at daily newspapers in Waukesha, Wis. and Frankfort, Ind. and graduating from Marquette University in Milwaukee with a degree in journalism.

She started working in the Daily Herald’s Lake County bureau covering Lake Villa and Lindenhurst before she was transferred to the Arlington Heights office in 2007. Since then, Sheila has covered everything from breaking crime news to school district redistricting, including the rise of Mount Prospect’s “American Idol” Lee DeWyze, and the $200 million project to rebuild Randhurst Mall.

Sheila was a finalist in the Chicago Headline Club Lisagor Awards in 2009 for her part in the coverage of the tragic Finnerty family fire in Arlington Heights. Sheila grew up in Arlington Heights and graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Buffalo Grove and Buffalo Grove High School. She and her husband, a journalist with Modern Healthcare Magazine, live in Chicago with their young daughter.

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Bittersweet homecoming Wheeling native returns home to shed light on bullying

Jun 12 2011 | 12:04 am - Michael Anthony, now 29, turned his experience being bullied during his time at Wheeling High School into a project to help other students deal with the problem. Anthony returned home last month to to film a documentary about overcoming bullying.

Dad delivers first twin in couple's home

Jun 01 2011 | 1:39 pm - Amy Meliker went into labor early and quickly. Her husband, Matt, delivered one of their twins at their Buffalo Grove home while number two arrived at Condell Hospital in Libertyville. "It was the best catch I ever made," Matt said.

Elk Grove man dies in Chicago race

May 27 2011 | 4:09 pm - An Elk Grove Village man collapsed and died Thursday during the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge in downtown Chicago Thursday.

District 214 plans $1 million security upgrade

May 25 2011 | 5:08 pm - Let's say a huge brawl breaks out in a high school parking lot. Next year, police won't just respond, they'll be able to monitor what's going on while they're responding on their smartphones.

Wheeling approves $50,000 gala, then takes it away

May 23 2011 | 9:39 pm - The Wheeling village board first approved a resolution on Monday allowing the airport to spend up to $50,000 on an open house and gala to celebrate its 25th anniversary of being owned by Wheeling and Prospect Heights. But then Trustee Dean Argiris,...

Haley dishes on her post-’Idol’ plans

May 20 2011 | 7:42 pm - Haley Reinhart said Friday she wasn’t mad about getting voted off “American Idol” and doesn’t think the judges were too hard on her. Haley Reinhart, 20, also told what her dad said after she was eliminated on Thursday, one...

Dance scholarships to honor Mt. Prospect girl

May 19 2011 | 3:31 pm - Lindsey Marie Eyles mixed chemotherapy and choreography almost the entire 18 months she was sick and up until the day she died on Nov. 28, 2010.

Haley exits 'Idol' but vows, 'See ya later'

May 20 2011 | 12:32 am - In the end, it had to be the fall. Haley Reinhart's stumble could have garnered her the sympathy vote launching her into the “American Idol” finale. Instead it was the Wheeling resident's literal downfall.

‘Idol' homecoming cost Wheeling taxpayers just $2,500

May 17 2011 | 2:04 pm - Because many police, fire and public works employees used comp time on Saturday, Haley Reinhart's daylong celebration cost Wheeling only about $2,500, Village Manager Jon Sfondilis said Monday.

Haley, Lee share suburban roots — differing styles

May 15 2011 | 9:28 am - For the second year in a row, the Northwest suburbs are home to a top “American Idol” contender. Wheeling’s Haley Reinhart and Mount Prospect’s Lee DeWyze — last year’s winner and reigning “Idol” champ...

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