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, Wheaton hosting community ‘play days’ Sept. 12

Sep 02 2015 | 6:12 pm - The Wheaton Park District is hosting a "Create, Discover, Play" event and the Lombard Park District is hosting a "Community Day of Play" on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Living Wheaton magazine launches this week

Sep 01 2015 | 4:39 pm - A new publication that will tout what Wheaton has to offer is coming to local mailboxes this week.

Wheaton Athletic Center getting slight name change

Aug 29 2015 | 12:44 am - The Wheaton Athletic Center is being renamed based off suggestions residents submitted as part of a contest this summer. The winner? A not-so-different Wheaton Athletic Complex.

Hundreds gather to remember 1990 Plainfield tornado

Aug 29 2015 | 7:45 am - Plainfield residents remembered the 29 people who died in a tornado 25 years ago today. “This community came back after the tornado,” said Mayor Michael Collins. “We've grown, we've come together, we're strong and we're certainly...

Wheaton library Friends book sale off to successful start, organizers say

Aug 27 2015 | 8:34 am - The Friends of the Wheaton Public Library book sale, featuring thousands of fiction and nonfiction books, began Wednesday morning. It will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Wheaton council hears library's plan to update existing space

Aug 27 2015 | 5:16 am - To make the Wheaton Public Library “the front porch of the community” again, some changes are coming.

West Chicago pageant offers lessons in Mexican heritage

Aug 26 2015 | 8:54 am - You don't have to speak Spanish to walk away knowning something new at this year's Miss Fiestas Patrias scholarship pageant in West Chicago.

Gov. Rauner’s heroin bill veto causes disappointment — and cautious hope

Aug 26 2015 | 12:12 am - Anti-heroin advocates reacted mostly with disappointment to Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of the Heroin Crisis Act, but said there is some hope portions of the bill he supported can become law soon.

Celebrate at West Chicago Mexican Independence Parade

Aug 27 2015 | 2:54 pm - One of the biggest cultural celebrations in West Chicago — the Mexican Independence Day Festival — is set to return this year under new leadership. The festival will run noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, in downtown West Chicago.

Les Paul ‘Big Sound’ tour, interactive exhibit, coming to Lombard

Aug 26 2015 | 1:51 pm - Les Paul fans have a chance to win a guitar, experience an interactive exhibit about the man who invented the electric guitar and make their own music when the Les Paul Big Sound Experience Tour makes a stop in Lombard this week.

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