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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Dist. 200 to consider later first day of school

Nov 24 2015 | 5:25 pm - The Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 school board will decide next month whether classes will begin Aug. 17 or Aug. 24 next year in response to some complaints about early start dates.

Increase in tax levy likely for Wheaton

Nov 23 2015 | 11:46 pm - The owner of a $300,000 home in Wheaton can expect to pay about an additional $41 to the city in fiscal year 2016, should the city council approve its first increase to the property tax levy in five years.

Officials: West Chicago shooting victim had gang ties

Nov 23 2015 | 2:09 pm - A 27-year-old man shot to death late Friday night near West Chicago was a documented gang member, authorities said.

2 new buildings will replace Trademark in Lombard

Nov 23 2015 | 5:16 pm - Two new buildings that could eventually house restaurants or retail will replace the former Trademark restaurant in Lombard.

Dist. 33 awarded $2.2 million to help neediest families

Nov 22 2015 | 11:15 pm - Some of West Chicago Elementary District 33’s youngest and neediest students will benefit from a $2.2 million, five-year grant recently awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Wheaton school goes around the world in a day

Nov 18 2015 | 2:03 pm - Every year, students at Madison Elementary in Wheaton look forward to Multicultural Day, when they get a chance to "travel" to a new region of the world to learn about other cultures and traditions.

World Relief leader: Refugees are ‘not terrorists’

Nov 20 2015 | 1:18 am - Emily Gray, executive director with World Relief DuPage/Aurora, says politicians’ efforts to halt Syrian refugee resettlement has sparked fear in many of those the organization serves.

Imam at COD: ISIS terrorists are monsters, not Islamic

Nov 18 2015 | 9:06 pm - Speaking Wednesday at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn as part of a nationwide program called Stop the CrISIS, a Muslim imam at one of the oldest mosques in Chicago said terrorists should not be called Islamic in any way.

Wheaton council votes 5-2 to allow paint on old building facade

Nov 16 2015 | 11:14 pm - An old building on Main Street in downtown Wheaton will soon have a new facade, after the city council voted 5-2 Monday to allow for the exterior bricks to be painted.

What’s wrong with West Chicago housing? Tell experts Tuesday

Nov 15 2015 | 4:32 pm - West Chicago residents who want to provide their opinions on what the future of housing should look like in the city are invited to attend a meeting Tuesday night at city hall.

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