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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Aide who created ‘Buddy Bench’ for kids seeking playmates gets her own

May 02 2015 | 12:38 am - Nancy Stolarz was a friend to all the children at Emerson Elementary in Wheaton. She realized, however, that not every student had a friend their age to play with at recess. So she created the “Buddy Bench” — a place where kids...

Federal charges brought against Naperville man in FAA fire

May 01 2015 | 1:49 pm - A Naperville man accused of setting fire last fall to the Chicago Center air traffic control facility in Aurora as part of a failed suicide attempt is expected to be arraigned soon on two federal charges brought by the U.S. Attorney’s office,...

Police bolstering presence at Glenbard East

May 01 2015 | 6:21 am - There will be an increased police presence Friday at Glenbard East High School in response to rumored threats of violence that authorities are calling “unsubstantiated.” Principal Josh Chambers told parents that authorities determined...

New District 200 board sworn in

Apr 29 2015 | 11:56 pm - There’s a new face on the Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 board of education. “I’m so excited,” Chris Crabtree said shortly after she was sworn in during a special meeting Wednesday. “I’m really...

Swanson steps down from District 200 board

Apr 29 2015 | 4:34 pm - After 16 years, Rosemary Swanson has stepped down from the Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 board of education. “It’s bittersweet,” she said. “I loved every minute on the board and certainly felt it was a wonderful,...

Lombard officials get ready for month of activities for Lilac Time

Apr 28 2015 | 3:53 pm - The princesses are selected, flowers in Lilacia Park are starting to bloom and planning is nearly complete for the many Lilac Time celebrations happening this May in Lombard. “It’s really easy to participate in,” said Meri...

Wheaton council not likely to support electric car charging station

Apr 28 2015 | 12:40 am - An electric car charging station won’t be coming to a city-run parking garage in Wheaton anytime soon. The city council discussed the possibility of adding two electric car charging stations in a downtown parking garage located near the...

Central DuPage Hospital celebrates its smallest superheroes

Apr 28 2015 | 6:02 pm - Jack Cerone is only 15 weeks old, but he’s a superhero in the eyes of his mother, his nurses and his doctors. The tiny, 6-pound boy was sporting a red, blue and yellow onesie and cape Tuesday that made him look like a mini Superman. To top it...

New owners hope to turn Lombard’s old hotel into ‘destination’

Apr 28 2015 | 2:31 pm - There are little bits of history that pop up everywhere you turn in the old hotel building in downtown Lombard. On Saturday, May 9, the building will be open to the public for the first time since the 1970s. Tom and Margret Smith, the new owners who...

Equipment manager honored for 50 years of serving Wheaton baseball teams

Apr 25 2015 | 2:19 am - For more than 50 years, Ron Elenbaas has been the go-to guy for sorting through uniforms, selecting equipment and getting Wheaton’s baseball and softball teams ready to play each season. On Saturday, the 74-year-old will be honored for all...

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