Jilmala was raised in the Champaign-Urbana area, after graduating from Champaign Central High School, Jilmala attended Fisk University in Nashville, TN where she received a BA in English. Jilmala obtained her Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida. Jilmala returned to Champaign in 2014 to begin her legal career as an Assistant State’s Attorney. As an Assistant State’s Attorney Jilmala handled cases ranging from traffic to felony matters.
Jilmala is passionate advocating for people who have been harmed by others and giving back to the community. Jilmala is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois and is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association.
When she is not in the office, Jilmala enjoys walking her dog, attending concerts, and traveling.