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Jessica Cilella

Staff Writer
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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: Wheaton Warrenville South athletes give back; Bears lose 20-14

Dec 22 2014 | 5:57 am - Wheaton Warrenville South athletes participate in Day of Caring; Cagers of all ages have fun at Mustang tourney; Despite Lions’ miscues, Bears fall 20-14; Imrem: Winston an intriguing question for Bears; Blackhawks win, but with heavy hearts;...

New year marks 40 years of service for People’s Resource Center

Dec 19 2014 | 1:54 pm - From food, clothing and rent assistance to computer training, tutoring and socials services, struggling DuPage county residents can find all the resources they need in one visit to the People's Resource Center. Since 1975, the Wheaton-based...

Breen resigns from Lombard village board

Dec 22 2014 | 4:15 pm - Peter Breen has submitted his resignation from the Lombard village board in preparation of taking on his new role as state representative for the 48th District. Breen has served on the board since 2011. He represented District 4 and held the...

It will take weeks to determine cause of death of Blackhawks staffer

Dec 23 2014 | 9:05 am - No autopsy has been scheduled, but officials have requested toxicology tests be taken on Clinton Reif, the assistant equipment manager for the Chicago Blackhawks, who died in his Lombard home Sunday morning, a spokesman for the DuPage County...

Suburban schools changing how they discuss heroin

Dec 19 2014 | 11:58 am - In response to the rise in local heroin use, educators say classroom scare tactics about the perils of drugs in general are evolving into lessons that take a science-based look at addiction and opioids, including heroin. “Our kids are so...

Wheaton now must fill Evelyn Sanguinetti’s spot on city council

Dec 19 2014 | 2:51 pm - The Wheaton City Council will soon pick a resident to fill a seat vacated this week by Evelyn Pacino Sanguinetti, who next month will be sworn in as the state’s lieutenant governor. Sanguinetti’s resignation was effective Monday at the...

Dist. 200 considers enrollment change for apartment complex

Dec 16 2014 | 8:05 pm - According to the Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200's boundary map, students living in the Covered Bridges Apartments in Carol Stream should attend Hawthorne Elementary. But a population “bubble” at Hawthorne a few years ago...

Glen Ellyn District 41 among hot races in DuPage

Dec 15 2014 | 2:35 pm - It’s only the first day of filing, but Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 appears to have the hottest school board race in DuPage County. Nine candidates have already filed for the three 4-year seats on the district’s school board, and...

Lombard Dist. 44 names new superintendent

Dec 12 2014 | 4:48 pm - A 51-year-old superintendent overseeing schools in the near-West Suburbs has been selected to run Lombard Elementary District 44. Michael Robey will take the helm on July 1. He said he hopes to lead the district for many years to come.

Wheaton Warrenville South mourns cross country coach Tom Todd

Dec 12 2014 | 7:21 pm - The Wheaton Warrenville South High School community is mourning the death of a beloved cross country coach and science teacher. Tom Todd died Wednesday afternoon at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago after a two-year long battle with...

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