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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Foster, Khouri debate role of government in education

Oct 25 2016 | 12:41 am - 11th Congressional District candidates Bill Foster and Tonia Khouri have opposite views about the federal government’s role in education.

Wheaton council decides not to allow for backyard chickens

Oct 25 2016 | 6:32 pm - Despite a recent request from a family that owns chickens, the Wheaton City Council has agreed not to make any changes to the city code to allow residents to keep the animals in their backyards, for now.

Foster, Khouri take different stances on national security, guns

Oct 25 2016 | 6:16 pm - 11th U.S. Congressional District candidates Bill Foster and Tonia Khouri share their thoughts on national security and gun regulations.

Residents express concerns about new LA Fitness in Wheaton

Oct 21 2016 | 5:02 pm - Despite opposition from many neighbors, construction on a new LA Fitness at 700 and 800 E. Roosevelt Rd. in Wheaton is likely to begin soon.

DuPage sheriff: What Baby Hope’s parents may look like

Oct 20 2016 | 7:49 pm - A $12,300 DNA analysis has concluded the parents of Baby Hope, the newborn found dead Aug. 15 near Wheaton, are Latino, authorities said. Images of what the baby girl’s parents might look like, at both age 15 and age 25, were released...

After 35 years, Pioneer Child Care moving out of Dist. 44 building

Oct 19 2016 | 5:58 pm - Pioneer Child Care is moving out of its longtime home in Lombard Elementary District 44’s Fairwood School next week, after serving kids at the location for 35 years.

Wheaton Warrenville South celebrates state champion girls golf team

Oct 19 2016 | 5:16 pm - Wheaton Warrenville South High School celebrated the girls golf team’s state championship during an assembly Wednesday.

Foster, Khouri disagree on business regulations, ways to improve economy

Oct 18 2016 | 11:42 pm - 11th U.S. Congressional District candidates Bill Foster and Tonia Khouri are both business owners, but their philosophies on the government’s regulation of businesses and ways to improve the economy vary greatly.

Cops: Update coming Thursday on Baby Hope probe

Oct 17 2016 | 5:36 pm - New information in the Baby Hope investigation will be revealed Thursday morning during a news conference in Wheaton, authorities said Monday.

5 ways to take part in Wheaton’s Make A Difference Day

Oct 17 2016 | 6:38 pm - Here are five ways to take part in Wheaton’s Make A Difference Day this weekend.

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