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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Two Pearl Harbor survivors honored in Aurora

Dec 05 2016 | 8:53 pm - Two Pearl Harbor survivors were honored Monday during a Pearl Harbor Memorial Luncheon in Aurora.

New BYOB paint studio, breakfast spots open in downtown Wheaton

Dec 05 2016 | 5:20 pm - A new paint studio and two new breakfast spots are among the new businesses in downtown Wheaton.

One driver killed in I-88 crash had survived al-Qaida firing squad

Dec 02 2016 | 8:14 pm - Three people — a survivor of an al-Qaida firing squad, an Elgin man believed to be a Marine recruiter and a returning business traveler 10 minutes from home — were killed early Friday morning when a car headed the wrong way on I-88...

District 200 will ask voters for $132.5 million

Nov 30 2016 | 11:12 pm - The Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 board decided Wednesday to request $132.5 million for capital and educational improvements to schools through referendum in the spring.

West Chicago church housing man facing deportation told it violated city code

Dec 01 2016 | 7:52 pm - Leaders at a West Chicago church are working to quickly fix city code violations discovered by firefighters early Tuesday morning.

New garden in West Chicago will honor memory of Baby Hope

Nov 30 2016 | 6:52 pm - A garden is being planted in West Chicago in memory of Baby Hope, the infant girl found dead near Wheaton earlier this year.

Loyola Medicine Home Care and Hospice moves offices to Oak Brook

Nov 28 2016 | 3:54 pm - Loyola Medicine Home Care and Hospice is expanding its services farther into the western suburbs, following a recent move from Melrose Park to Oak Brook.

Four of nine Wheaton City Council candidates running for West District seat

Nov 28 2016 | 6:23 pm - Four of the nine candidates for Wheaton City Council are running for the West District seat.

Aurora set for primary to eliminate one mayoral candidate

Nov 28 2016 | 6:11 pm - A primary election will be held in Aurora to narrow down the field of mayoral candidates from five to four.

Daily Herald photographer recalls meeting Castro

Nov 26 2016 | 4:52 pm - Daily Herald photographer Mark Welsh has vivid memories of visiting Cuba and meeting Fidel Castro while covering former Illinois Gov. George Ryan’s humanitarian trip to Cuba in 1999.

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