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 urges residents to attend final meeting about facilities

Feb 12 2016 | 4:44 pm - Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 officials are stressing the importance of having as many residents as possible Wednesday at the district’s fourth and final community engagement session about facilities.

Deal between Wheaton College, professor creates scholarship in her name

Feb 10 2016 | 10:12 pm - An agreement between Wheaton College and former professor Larycia Hawkins will create an endowed scholarship for peace and conflict studies in her name, school President Phillip Ryken announced Wednesday morning during a news conference with Hawkins...

NEW 200 Foundation hosts first STEM Expo

Feb 10 2016 | 1:52 pm - More than 700 students, parents and community members learned about science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, during the NEW 200 Foundation’s first annual STEM Expo.

Wheaton College students to begin fast of ‘embodied solidarity’

Feb 10 2016 | 12:00 pm - Wheaton College students will begin a 40-day fast of ‘embodied solidarity’ on campus Wednesday morning, at the same time the college president and ousted political science professor Larycia Hawkins are scheduled to issue statements in...

New Wheaton Park District pond available for ice skating — if water freezes

Feb 06 2016 | 9:02 pm - If temperatures dip low enough again, Wheaton residents will have a new pond to skate on this winter in the Arrowhead subdivision.

11th Congressional GOP candidates debate national security

Feb 12 2016 | 12:45 am - The three Republican candidates seeking their party’s nomination for the U.S. 11th Congressional District race agree that national security is a top priority in the minds of many Americans, but they differ on ways to go about it.

Will College of DuPage board meet deadline to pick new trustee?

Feb 04 2016 | 11:56 pm - After nearly three months, all six members of the College of DuPage board members actually came together in the same room to do some very basic business. But the meeting did little to ease the bitterness between the two board factions and many...

Entire College of DuPage board meets, votes for first time since November

Feb 03 2016 | 11:34 pm - Three College of DuPage trustees who had been boycotting meetings showed their faces Wednesday at the Glen Ellyn school, resulting in a quorum for the first time since Nov. 19. All six trustees on the bitterly divided board were present at a 7 p.m.

Lombard to honor employee for 50 years of service

Feb 03 2016 | 12:16 am - Lombard residents and officials are celebrating executive coordinator Carol Bauer’s 50th anniversary of employment with the village at 6 p.m. Thursday at village hall.

Two College of DuPage meetings scheduled on same night — again

Feb 02 2016 | 6:50 pm - Two College of DuPage special board meetings are scheduled for Wednesday night. The first meeting, requested by trustees McGuire, Birt and Wozniak, will begin at 5:30 p.m. The second, which has an identical agenda, is set for 7 p.m.

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