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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Dawn Patrol: State Rep. Sandack resigns; White Sox suspend Sale

Jul 25 2016 | 5:56 am - Top Republican lawmaker resigns suddenly. Firefighters extricate man in crash on Route 53. Two accidents, six cars. Pet lovers love Windy City Pet Expo. White Sox suspend Sale for 5 days. Team USA wins International Crown.

Police: New Yorkers tried to use stolen credit cards at Deer Park Apple store

Jul 25 2016 | 6:06 pm - Six people from New York are in Lake County jail after attempting to make fraudulent purchases at several Apple stores in the Chicago area, including a store in Deer Park, officials said.

Despite heat, residents join Elk Grove mayor on bike ride

Jul 23 2016 | 4:23 pm - Despite the sweltering heat, about 75 bicyclists joined Elk Grove Mayor Craig Johnson Saturday morning on his fifth annual Bike with the Mayor event.

Windy City Bulls invite ticket holders to court unveiling

Jul 24 2016 | 10:13 am - Season ticket holders were invited to an exclusive event at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates Saturday, for the unveiling of a new basketball court and Windy City Bulls logo.

Experience living history at Lombard’s Civil War re-enactment

Jul 21 2016 | 11:04 pm - The Lombard Historical Society’s Civil War Re-enactment returns to Four Seasons Park this weekend, featuring military drills and demonstrations and opportunities to interact with Civil War impersonators from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and...

Puerto Rican Heritage Fest offers feeling of ‘home’

Jul 20 2016 | 12:41 pm - Aurora’s Puerto Rican Heritage Festival showcases culture while offering a taste of “home.”

New African cultural festival coming to Cantigny Park

Jul 20 2016 | 5:56 pm - A new African cultural festival is coming to Cantigny Park July 30-31.

Wheaton council debates creating new liquor license for fairground events

Jul 27 2016 | 12:22 am - The Wheaton City Council is considering creating a new class of liquor license specifically designed for events held on the DuPage County Fairgrounds, aside from the annual DuPage County Fair.

Wheaton council hears request for Aldi expansion

Jul 19 2016 | 8:50 am - The Wheaton City Council is on board with a proposed expansion to a long-standing Aldi store, but debated Monday how large new signage on the property should be.

Wheaton council hears request for Aldi expansion

Jul 18 2016 | 11:24 pm - The Wheaton City Council is on board with a proposed expansion to a long-standing Aldi store, but debated Monday how large new signage on the property should be.

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