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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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Glen Ellyn teen heading to Paralympics swimming trials

Jun 24 2016 | 11:17 pm - Ahalya Lettenberger, 15, of Glen Ellyn is heading to the Paralympic Swimming Trials in North Carolina next week, in hopes of qualifying for the Rio Paralympic Games.

Antique bike enthusiasts hosting event in downtown Wheaton

Jun 23 2016 | 5:52 pm - The Wheelmen, a national group of antique bike enthusiasts, are riding into Wheaton on July 8.

In wake of 6-year-old’s death, Wheaton residents petition for lower speed limits

Jun 21 2016 | 11:55 pm - After the death of a Wheaton kindergartner, nearly 300 people have signed a petition seeking lower speed limits on residential streets.

Lombard driver services facility reopens for vehicle stickers only

Jun 21 2016 | 6:35 pm - The Lombard driver services facility has reopened, but only for drivers needing vehicle stickers.

Lombard fire chief retiring July 6

Jun 20 2016 | 5:05 pm - Lombard Fire Department Chief Paul DiRienzo is retiring July 6, after working for the department for nearly 34 years.

Rabbi retires from Lombard congregation after 35 years

Jun 17 2016 | 10:47 pm - Rabbi Steven Bob has retired from Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard after leading worshippers in the space for 35 years.

Code change allows Lombard trustees to hold liquor licenses

Jun 16 2016 | 11:21 pm - A Lombard village trustee has plans to move forward with the purchase of a wine shop in a downtown TIF district, after the village board approved two ordinances Thursday that will allow him to legally do so.

Science teachers gather at Wheaton Warrenville South to learn modeling method

Jun 17 2016 | 3:58 pm - More than 100 science teachers are gathered at Wheaton Warrenville South High School for a two-week conference on modeling, a teaching method that moves away from traditional lectures and notetaking and instead gets students explaining science...

Construction will close West Chicago bridge for three weeks

Jun 15 2016 | 7:35 pm - Construction work will fully close the A. Eugene Rennels Bridge in West Chicago for three weeks, from July 5 to 26.

New Lombard bakery and cafe offers European treats

Jun 15 2016 | 5:46 pm - A new business in downtown Lombard called Balkan Bakery offers treats from the southeastern European region.

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