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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Trust, communication key issues in Dist. 200 board race

Mar 29 2015 | 7:21 am - Better communication and increased trust with the community is a goal of all five candidates for the Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 board of education. The candidates, which include incumbents Jim Gambaiani and Jim Vroman, and newcomers Chris...

District 200 board talks new revenue sources

Mar 26 2015 | 10:58 pm - Advertising on scoreboards, increasing opportunities for naming rights and helping the NEW 200 Foundation grow are a few revenue-generating ideas being considered by the Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 school board. The board set a goal...

Civil War re-enactors make early visit to Lombard

Mar 27 2015 | 5:52 pm - Step into the backyard of the Victorian Cottage in downtown Lombard next Wednesday and you’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time. Members of Stanford's Battery, a local Civil War re-enactor group, will be camped out from 2 to 6:30...

Dawn Patrol: Bulls clinch playoff spot; ex-Islamic Foundation official admits theft

Mar 24 2015 | 6:45 am - Bulls clinch playoff spot. Former Islamic Foundation finance director admits theft. Son sentenced to 35 years for killing father. Tuscan Market has new owners in Arlington Hts. St. Charles woman dies after crash. Displaced Rolling Meadows residents...

Lombard nonprofit Watts of Love delivers lights to poorest areas of the world

Mar 20 2015 | 12:28 pm - It’s been a little more than five years since Nancy Economou went to the Philippines and saw the face of a girl who would change her life. The preschooler’s skin was mutilated by fire, the result of a burn from kerosene lanterns that...

Lombard fest will celebrate BBQ, blues

Mar 23 2015 | 3:25 pm - Barbeque and blues will be the highlights of a new festival coming this summer to downtown Lombard.

Promapalooza in Lombard offers ‘one-stop shop’

Mar 23 2015 | 6:13 pm - High schoolers preparing for prom can find everything they need in downtown Lombard next weekend during a new event called Promapalooza. The event will run from 4 to 8 p.m. March 27, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 28 and noon to 5 p.m. March 29. Guests...

Lombard invites teens to apply for youth programs

Mar 23 2015 | 6:07 pm - Applications are now being accepted for two youth programs sponsored by the village of Lombard. Communications Coordinator Avis Meade said both of the programs are great opportunities that “could benefit a student with long-term career...

St. Baldrick’s event a celebration of Madison Elementary survivors

Mar 20 2015 | 6:29 pm - Friday was a day of celebration at Madison Elementary School in Wheaton. Students, teachers, parents and other family members gathered in the school’s gym to watch 60 participants get their head shaved or hair partially cut off to support the...

Lombard board reviews market findings for DuPage Theatre site

Mar 20 2015 | 12:42 am - Lombard trustees had the first of what will likely be several discussions this year about what to do with the vacant downtown property where the DuPage Theatre once stood Thursday. Last fall, the village board hired Tracy Cross & Associates to do a...

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