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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Lombard trustees approve Mariano's incentive agreement

Jul 01 2016 | 4:53 pm - Lombard trustees have approved a $3 million economic incentive agreement to bring a new Mariano's grocery store to town.

Nebraska teacher stops in Lombard during 500-mile slavery awareness walk

Jul 01 2016 | 7:22 pm - A Nebraska teacher walking more than 500 miles to Chicago to raise awareness about modern day slavery made a stop at the Peck Homestead in Lombard Friday.

Wheaton wants to hear residents’ opinions on garbage collection

Jun 29 2016 | 6:22 pm - Residents wanting to offer their opinion on several future garbage collection options being considered by the Wheaton City Council are asked to attend a meeting next week at city hall.

Teacher contract negotiations moving slowly in Fenton HS District 100

Jun 29 2016 | 4:29 pm - Teacher contract negotiations are moving slowly in Fenton High School District 100 in Bensenville, where the current teacher contract is set to expire Thursday.

Community voices anger at release of Fenton HS soccer coach

Jun 28 2016 | 6:20 pm - Students, parents and community members are expressing outrage at the unexpected dismissal of a longtime boys soccer head coach at Fenton High School.

Independence Day celebration a two-day affair in Wheaton

Jun 28 2016 | 10:09 am - Some communities celebrate the 4th of July with a parade. Others wow their residents with fireworks. Wheaton believes in doing both.

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.

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