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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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Residents voice concerns with subdivision plans near Wheaton North

Sep 16 2014 | 11:40 am - More than a dozen residents are opposing plans to build 13 houses just north of Wheaton North High School. Flooding issues, increased traffic, noise and the removal of mature trees were among the concerns voiced during a recent public hearing about...

Family entertainment center opens in Warrenville

Sep 16 2014 | 5:21 pm - A new family entertainment center called Main Event opens Wednesday in Warrenville. The 48,000-square-foot building houses bowling, billiards, laser tag, arcade games, a full bar and two dining options. “It’s not often that you get a...

Dist. 200 approves budget, welcomes superintendent

Sep 11 2014 | 12:46 am - The Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 board of education unanimously adopted a nearly $183.7 million budget for the 2014-15 school year Wednesday during a meeting that was led, for the first time, by the district’s new superintendent,...

Naperville woman opens non-dairy, frozen dessert business in Lombard

Sep 10 2014 | 1:40 pm - It’s only been three weeks since Gina Klafeta of Naperville launched her new frozen dessert business in Lombard, but she’s already on her way to some sweet success. The 23-year-old said she got the idea to create an allergy-friendly,...

New Lombard businesses include spa, Dunkin’ Donuts

Sep 09 2014 | 11:47 pm - Several commercial developments are likely to start taking shape this fall in Lombard, according to William Heniff, the village’s director of community development. Here’s a look at some that have been discussed by the plan commission...

MC Sports closing in Wheaton

Sep 11 2014 | 1:03 pm - The longtime supplier of gym uniforms for Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 is closing this month after 25 years in business. Manager Jill Sonnenberg said MC Sports, 71 Danada Square East in Wheaton, is shutting down Sept. 27.

Lombard addressing concerns about ‘unsightly’ pond

Sep 09 2014 | 10:00 pm - Residents are complaining about the appearance of Terrace View Pond in Lombard after the village spent $1.2 million on a new pump station, storm sewers and other improvements to help combat flooding in the area. The pond’s water quality,...

DuPage forest commission hires executive director — again

Sep 09 2014 | 5:34 pm - DuPage County Forest Preserve District commissioners voted Tuesday to hire John Lapinski as executive director. Again. The commission had voted unanimously on Aug. 19 to hire Lapinski to replace Arnie Biondo, but was forced to take a second vote...

Raymes Steak and Fish House ready to reopen in Lisle

Sep 08 2014 | 9:37 am - Raymes Steak and Fish House is set to make a big return later this month in Lisle. The restaurant, which has been located near Route 53 and Ogden Avenue since 1974, was severely damaged by flooding in April 2013, but the owner decided to start over...

Renovations coming to Lombard movie theater

Sep 07 2014 | 3:56 pm - In a few months, moviegoers will have a new and improved experience when they visit the AMC movie theater at Yorktown Center in Lombard. AMC Spokesman Ryan Noonan said the company has decided to do some major renovations to the theater’s 18...

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