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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District 200 struggles to recruit substitute teachers, therapists

Oct 02 2015 | 9:18 am - Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 is having trouble finding enough substitute teachers, teaching assistants and nurses to meet its needs.

Area mosques invite non-Muslims to attend open houses

Oct 02 2015 | 5:20 pm - Mosques across the Chicago area are hosting open houses Sunday to give non-Muslims an opportunity to learn more about Islam.

Recycling machinery manufacturer moves to West Chicago

Oct 01 2015 | 4:43 pm - A worldwide manufacturer of machinery for the plastic, rubber and recycling industries has opened a new facility in West Chicago.

Collaborative space engages Wheaton calculus students

Sep 30 2015 | 12:43 pm - Collaborative desks and walls covered in whiteboard make for an interesting learning environment in one Wheaton Warrenville South High School classroom.

West Chicago principal selected for Latino superintendent academy

Sep 29 2015 | 6:15 pm - A West Chicago principal with dreams of becoming a superintendent has been selected to take part in leadership academy for aspiring Latino superintendents.

8 suburban schools given National Blue Ribbon School designation

Sep 29 2015 | 4:57 pm - Eight suburban schools were honored Tuesday with designation as National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

Two stores closing in downtown Wheaton

Sep 28 2015 | 8:59 pm - Two specialty stores will soon close in downtown Wheaton.

Wheaton police chief retiring Nov. 7

Sep 25 2015 | 5:18 pm - Wheaton’s police chief has announced he is retiring later this year, after 19 years at the helm.

Students share message of peace with pinwheels

Sep 23 2015 | 12:10 pm - Students at Indian Knoll Elementary School in West Chicago took part in a Pinwheels for Peace event this week that gave them a chance to express their feelings about peace on handmade pinwheels.

Three suburban Peet’s Coffee locations closing

Sep 25 2015 | 3:54 pm - Three suburban Peet's Coffee locations -- in Wheaton, Arlington Heights and Long Grove -- are closing Sunday.

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