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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Dist. 33 teachers, students read together over summer break

Aug 24 2016 | 12:44 pm - Teachers in West Chicago Elementary District 33 encouraged students to read over the summer by meeting with them to read under the shade of a tree.

West Chicago High won’t start until Sept. 6 as renovations get done

Aug 24 2016 | 5:38 pm - The first day of school has been delayed at West Chicago Community High School this year to allow for the completion of a $5 million renovation to the school’s aging science and math rooms.

Wheaton continues to scale back downtown projects

Aug 22 2016 | 11:45 pm - The Wheaton City Council continues to scale back the scope of its downtown improvement projects and keep mindful of the costs, which will likely result in bonds and possibly an increased sales tax.

Wheeling nonprofit, community come together to bury abandoned babies

Aug 19 2016 | 11:20 pm - Rest In His Arms, a Wheeling non-profit started 11 years ago to provide free funerals and burials to abandoned babies, is among several groups and individuals that have reached out to the DuPage County Coroner this week, offering to provide a final...

Lombard retirement community unveils $19 million expansion

Aug 19 2016 | 11:48 am - The Beacon Hill retirement community in Lombard unveiled a $19 million expansion and renovation project this week.

Dist. 200 completes $1.6 million in capital projects before first day

Aug 17 2016 | 5:48 pm - District 200 completed nearly $1.6 million in capital projects, including new bleachers at Wheaton Warrenville South High School and new roofs at Monroe Middle School and Sandburg Elementary, before the first day of school Wednesday.

Massachusetts advocate: Let young people market baby safe havens

Aug 17 2016 | 12:00 am - A Massachusetts group is suggesting a new marketing approach may be needed in Illinois to raise awareness among 12- to 34-year-olds about baby safe havens.

Advocates to troubled parents: Please drop off babies at safe havens

Aug 17 2016 | 6:02 am - After a baby was found dead along a road near Wheaton, child advocates are urging parents considering abandoning their newborns to instead bring them to one of many baby safe havens across the state — no questions asked.

New principals, administrators in West Chicago Dist. 33

Aug 15 2016 | 6:30 pm - Several new administrators will be starting the school year in West Chicago Elementary District 33 later this month, including principals and assistant principals at four of the district’s eight schools.

Baby found dead off road near Wheaton

Aug 16 2016 | 1:51 pm - A baby found dead in an unincorporated area near Wheaton Monday may have been abandoned there Sunday evening, neighbors say.

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