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’s ‘rules’ for what’s going north of Yorktown mall

Nov 30 2015 | 5:34 am - The Lombard plan commission has approved "rules of the game" requiring a mix of commercial and residential uses for the possible development of land north of Yorktown Shopping Center.

Lombard students learn hockey skills from Blackhawks interns

Nov 30 2015 | 5:34 pm - The Chicago Blackhawks' fan development team visited Glenn Westlake Middle School in Lombard Monday to teach students some hockey basics and promote the game.

Dist. 200 to host community meeting on facility changes

Nov 29 2015 | 12:10 am - Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 is hosting its second community engagement session regarding facilities at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hubble Middle School.

West Chicago businesswomen host fundraiser for women in need

Nov 27 2015 | 10:07 am - The recently re-launched West Chicago chapter of Dynamic Professional Women's Network is hosting a fundraiser Dec. 9, to benefit the network's newly launched Angel Foundation, which helps women in need.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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