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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Marklund closing Wood Dale resale store

May 23 2016 | 5:21 pm - Marklund is closing its Wood Dale resale store on June 17, marking the end of 40 years of running such shops.

West Chicago High piano man celebrates 50 years

May 06 2016 | 5:39 am - For more than two decades, the 78-year-old Ron Benner led the choir students, singing along with them and teaching them proper techniques. Now, he's the piano man. “I'm glad,” Benner says with a smile. “This has been my joy, to be...

Wheaton designer hosting unique house walk to help neighbors in need

May 02 2016 | 12:54 pm - A designer is hosting a unique house walk fundraiser in downtown Wheaton this weekend for a nonprofit that helps neighbors in need.

West Chicago basketball player receives Pro Football Hall of Fame honor

Apr 29 2016 | 5:52 am - West Chicago basketball player receives Pro Football Hall of Fame honor.

Lombard ready to bloom with Lilac Time events

Apr 28 2016 | 9:33 am - The lilacs are ready to bloom in Lombard, just in time for the Lilac Village's annual Lilac Time celebrations, which begin April 30 and run through May 15.

Dist. 200 looks at options for early childhood center

Apr 27 2016 | 11:55 pm - The District 200 board of education is considering several options for the future of its early childhood center.

West Chicago school celebrates Earth Day, the arts

Apr 27 2016 | 12:27 pm - A family art night at West Chicago’s Wegner Elementary School celebrated Earth Day and the importance of art.

Wheaton Rotary funds 2 years of mobile food pantries for District 200

Apr 23 2016 | 5:38 am - Mobile food pantries will be stopping monthly in the District 200 community for the next two years, thanks to a donation from the Wheaton Rotary Club.

Leadership changes come to Lombard Town Centre, Historical Society

Apr 20 2016 | 5:10 pm - The Lombard Historical Society is Sarah Richardt’s happy place.

Bridal shop closes, new retail, restaurant opening in downtown Wheaton

Apr 20 2016 | 12:45 am - A long-standing bridal shop has closed in downtown Wheaton, but three new businesses are moving into the area this spring and summer.

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