Jaclyn Driscoll

Reporter

Jaclyn is a reporter for NPR Illinois with special interests in health and agriculture. She joined the team in September of 2017.

Jaclyn got her start in journalism in the small town of Sioux City, Iowa in June of 2015. She worked as a general assignment reporter for the CBS/Fox affiliate and quickly dove into the 2016 presidential campaign covering both the Democratic and Republican nominee, and others. Jaclyn is most proud of her work that brought a sexual abuse scandal to light resulting in a settlement for the victim. 

Jaclyn most recently worked at WICS/WRSP in Springfield as a general assignment reporter. There she covered a variety of topics including politics, education, and breaking news. She was also the sideline reporter for the live football and basketball pregame shows.

Jaclyn has a Master's Degree in Journalism from DePaul University with an emphasis in sports. During her time at DePaul she interned at WGN and Comcast SportsNet in Chicago. She also has a Bachelor's Degree in History from Monmouth College. Prior to reporting, Jaclyn was a social science teacher and department chair at Greenfield High School in Greenfield, Illinois.  

As a sixth generation farmer from a small town in Illinois, Jaclyn is happy to be putting roots down in a place that's always been her home. She is the proud mother of twin boys and a floppy-eared black lab named Crawford. She's an avid Chicago sports fan (Northsider) and eats more cheese fries than any human should. When she's not working, she can be found indulging in her favorite Netflix series (typically a crime documentary) and spending time with her friends and family. 

Any stories, tips, or just want to say hi? Feel free to reach out! 

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The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday from a man who earned a state teacher pension after substitute teaching --  for one day. 

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The Illinois Department of Public Health said they are trying to prevent an outbreak of Hepatitis A after several neighboring states have experienced their own.

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Corn and soybean fields as far as the eye can see are the typical sights of summer throughout rural areas of Illinois. But next year, 'fields of green' will take on an entirely different meaning as farmers will soon be allowed to grow industrial hemp. 

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As summer comes to a close, Illinois residents are getting closer to deer hunting season and a new law recently signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner is intended to improve safety by adding a new color to hunters' wardrobes.

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Texting and driving could cost you, quite literally, with a new law raising fines on motorists caught using cellphones.

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Organic product sales totaled around $50 billion and now account for more than five percent of total food sales in the United States, according to an industry survey. As the demand in Illinois grows, advocates are pushing for more support for organic farmers in the 2018 farm bill. 

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Students at Glenwood High School in Chatham were evacuated after a threatening message was found written on a bathroom wall around 2 p.m. this afternoon.

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A 65-year-old LaSalle County resident has died from the West Nile virus, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. This is the first human death related to the virus reported in 2018. 

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Governor Bruce Rauner signed a measure on Tuesday that will allow medical cannabis to be used as an alternative treatment for conditions often treated with opioids, such as cancer, HIV, Alzheimer’s and more.

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The EpiPen can be a lifesaver in cases of extreme allergic reactions, but there is a shortage of them across the country and Illinois is being impacted. 

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A new law mandates the Illinois Department of Public Health to begin screening babies for Spinal Muscular Atrophy, or SMA, a neurodegenerative disorder linked to infant death. 

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This week, political rhetoric at the Illinois State Fair.

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Update: Congressman Rodney Davis said Levi Lovell, the staffer who was fired, was not sent by him, nor does he believe his campaign sent him, to Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen-Londrigan’s event at a Springfield bar last Wednesday.

In an interview last week, Londrigan said it is common to see political operatives affiliated with the Davis campaign at her events. On Monday, Davis said he too sees trackers at his gatherings but does not know who they are with.

“Those are some of the things, unfortunately, that are a part of politics today," said Davis. "I’d rather it not be part of politics. I’ve been screamed at so loud by supporters of those who are opposed to me that they’ve spat on me in the streets of Springfield. That’s not something we should condone and I certainly don’t condone the behavior of my former employee either.”

Davis has apologized for the incident. 

Lovell was released on bond on Thursday. The Sangamon County State’s Attorney said criminal charges have not been filed at this time.  

Previous story: The Field Director for U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis was arrested last night for aggravated battery at a campaign event for Davis' opponent.

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Republicans held their annual rally at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield Wednesday with a message of party unity.  Bruce Rauner still holds the top office in state government. But as he pushes for re-election, he’s trying to appease conservatives who feel betrayed and whose support he needs to win a second term.   

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Once considered the new frontier of drugs and drug trafficking, synthetic cannabinoids have been around for years now and they’re becoming increasingly dangerous. More recently, authorities say dozens of overdoses in Connecticut occurred due to a drug called K-2 that was possibly laced with fentanyl.  

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In an effort to deliver a message of unity in the Republican party, both statewide and nationally, Gov. Bruce Rauner offered a rare show of support for the Commander in Chief at Wednesday's GOP rally in Springfield. 

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State Rep. Sara Wojcicki-Jimenez, a Republican from Leland Grove, announced she would not be seeking re-election last year. 

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It’s been a recommendation for years, but now it’s law in Illinois. Children may not be flipped forward in their car seats until they are two years old unless they are at least 40 pounds or 40 inches tall. 

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The Illinois State Fair kicks off next week with the annual Twilight parade on Thursday, August 9th. The fair will run until the following Sunday, August 19th. 

After weeks of robust discussion and a parliamentary hold on the legislation, lawmakers are now moving forward with an effort to hopefully enhance the health of the deer population in Illinois by providing supplemental nutrition. 

Farmers are entering their 5th year of low crop prices and now soybeans have reached a 10-year low, in part due to Chinese tariffs. Economists say this could be a pivotal year for farmers in Illinois and across the country. 

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Legislation moving through Illinois' General Assembly could give parents of twins and higher order multiples more of a say in whether or not their children are placed in the same school classroom. 

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Downstate Senator Sam McCann filed petition signatures on Monday to get on the fall ballot. Back in April he announced a run for governor for the newly created Conservative Party. 

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The Libertarian Party filed a slate of statewide candidates on Monday, turning in more than 47,000 signatures to the Illinois State Board of Elections. That’s nearly double the required 25,000. 

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Hemp has been used for centuries to make rope, fishnets, paper, car parts, fuel and much more. It’s an unruly crop. It’s skinny, it’s tall, but what has made it controversial is that it’s a derivative of the cannabis plant.

The NPR Illinois Community Advisory Board (CAB) met in Chicago and connected by videoconference to Springfield. The primary purposes of the meeting were to welcome new advisory board members who begin their new terms on July 1, 2018 and to provide input about whether NPR Illinois’ programming and policies meet the specialized educational and cultural needs of the community it serves.

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Illinois lawmakers approved legisltation that would allow farmers to grow industrial hemp. Hemp is derived from the cannabis plant, but it has a non-drug use. It can create bio-degradable building materials, paper, textiles and more.

Update: The measure unanimously passed both chambers and now heads to the Governor's desk. 

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More than 260 girls and young women came forward to tell their stories of sexual assault by former USA Olympic doctor Larry Nassar, who is currently serving multiple prison sentences for the abuse. The trial resulted in more than a prison sentence and settlement money for victims. It shined a light on the mishandling of sexual assault reports by young athletes. And last week, Illinois took center stage in this national issue.

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When a new employee is fingerprinted for a job in Illinois, the employer receives a snapshot of their criminal record, and they receive notifications for any future run-ins with the law in the state. But lawmakers are considering a proposal that would also allow employers to be notified of convictions that happen across state lines.

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