Jessica Cilella

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Jessica Cilella joined the Daily Herald in August 2011. Her coverage area includes Wheaton, Lombard and Community Unit School District 200.

Prior to taking on her current beat in late 2013, Jessica spent more than two years in the Daily Herald's Cook County bureau, where she worked a weekly breaking news shift and wrote news and features about Hoffman Estates, Bartlett, Streamwood and High School District 211.

In May 2013, Jessica was named a co-recipient of a Peter Lisagor Award for deadline reporting. She has been recognized twice with the Daily Herald's monthly Editorial Award of Excellence and has appeared multiple times on ABC 7 and WBBM to discuss her stories.

Jessica graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2011 with a degree in journalism and minors in anthropology and Spanish. During her time at Loyola, Jessica was a news editor at the Phoenix, the student-run newspaper, and an active member of the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In her senior year, Jessica was one of two students to be named outstanding journalism major by the School of Communication.

Outside the classroom, Jessica interned at WGN Radio and the RedEye. She also spent the summer of 2010 interning at the Daily Herald's DuPage County bureau, working primarily on event coverage and features. Earlier that year, she studied abroad in Puebla, Mexico.

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Memorial fund makes West Chicago STEM classes free for kids

May 27 2016 | 11:45 pm - Fifty students will have an opportunity to take part in STEM programming for free this summer at the West Chicago City Museum thanks to a resident’s generosity.

Wheaton fire department now equipped with pet oxygen masks

May 28 2016 | 8:38 am - The Wheaton Fire Department has received six pet oxygen mask kits to use in rescue operations.

Lombard driver services facility temporarily closed

May 27 2016 | 1:03 pm - The Lombard driver services facility is temporarily closed due to problems with the building’s heating and air conditioning systems.

More than 1,000 District 200 students take part in Bike to School Day

May 25 2016 | 5:00 pm - More than 1,000 Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 students hopped on their bikes and rode to school together in celebration of National Bike to School Day.

Not-so-new NEW 200 Foundation gets new name

May 25 2016 | 6:53 pm - NEW 200 Foundation leaders announced this week that they have renamed the nonprofit the Student Excellence Foundation.

Marklund closing Wood Dale resale store

May 23 2016 | 5:21 pm - Marklund is closing its Wood Dale resale store on June 17, marking the end of 40 years of running such shops.

West Chicago High piano man celebrates 50 years

May 06 2016 | 5:39 am - For more than two decades, the 78-year-old Ron Benner led the choir students, singing along with them and teaching them proper techniques. Now, he's the piano man. “I'm glad,” Benner says with a smile. “This has been my joy, to be...

Wheaton designer hosting unique house walk to help neighbors in need

May 02 2016 | 12:54 pm - A designer is hosting a unique house walk fundraiser in downtown Wheaton this weekend for a nonprofit that helps neighbors in need.

West Chicago basketball player receives Pro Football Hall of Fame honor

Apr 29 2016 | 5:52 am - West Chicago basketball player receives Pro Football Hall of Fame honor.

Dist. 200 looks at options for early childhood center

Apr 27 2016 | 11:55 pm - The District 200 board of education is considering several options for the future of its early childhood center.

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