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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"Access to the ballot is a substantial right" argued Scott Drury's attorney, Casey Westover. It was the argument that was overall victorious in the hearing which claimed Drury should not be allowed on the ballot for attorney general due to a technicality with his statement of economic interest. 

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Governor Bruce Rauner just ended a week-long stay at the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Quincy, the facility where 13 people have died from Legionnaires' Disease since 2015.

Making it legal to raise industrial hemp has been a topic of discussion in Illinois for years. Wisconsin is the most recent state to allow farmers to grow it. Will Illinois be next?

A former UIS employee was arrested for the campus  burglaries reported on December 18th. 

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In Illinois, the number of people getting insurance through the ACA has, for the most part, remained the same since its launch.  About 350,000 people have been receiving coverage and the same goes for 2018 despite the lack of effort by President Trump’s administration to encourage enrollment.

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Thieves targeted the University of Illinois in Springfield early Monday morning. Several computer hard drives and monitors were damaged or stolen from the school’s main library and Public Affairs Center.

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Even though the primary election is over three months away, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful J.B. Pritzker has already notched a win. Pritzker was selected to be first on the primary ballot among the seven candidates running. 

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Several areas throughout Illinois are experiencing heightened flu activity and one preliminary report shows the flu vaccine may only be 10% effective.  

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A Cook County Republican is running for state treasurer. Jim Dodge ran unsuccessfully for Comptroller in 2010. 

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After reporting by the Chicago Tribune uncovered public health officials were failing to test babies for a devastating neurological disease, the Illinois Department of Public Health Department says the tests will begin Monday. 

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Next year Illinois will have a new way to dispose of dead bodies where no next of kin is found,or families don’t have the means to pay for a burial and it could benefit students. 

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A Republican state senator who had a high profile disagreement with Governor Bruce Rauner says he won’t run for re-election.  Senator Sam McCann of Plainview would have faced his second opponent backed by the governor.   

Under federal and state law, anyone convicted of domestic violence loses their right to legally own a gun, but there’s a push to also see that penalty extended to anyone convicted of animal abuse.

The opioid epidemic continues to sweep across Illinois and the rest of the nation, now declared a public health emergency. But, some believe medical marijuana could be the solution.

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The Illinois Innocence Project, based at the University of Illinois Springfield, has won a $641,000 grant for DNA testing intended to help exonerate wrongfully convicted inmates. 

After recent mass shootings, some Illinois lawmakers reacted by filing legislation that would tighten restrictions on guns. But the veto session is over and gun laws remain unchanged.

 

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The Illinois General Assembly's fall veto session is over, lawmakers have been though sexual harassment awareness training, and Comptroller Susana Mendoza is beginning to pay down the backlog of bills.

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Women in the Illinois Senate plan to advance their voices in leadership with the creation of their own caucus. Women on both sides of the aisle say they’ve had a significant role in crafting policy, but may not always get the credit they deserve. 

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As sexual harassment allegations sweep across the nation, the Illinois legislature is now under fire for a lack of reporting procedures after a staffing vacancy allowed dozens of complaints, not necessarily sexual in nature, to go nowhere. 

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A 2015 state law required high schools to develop concussion response procedures to protect student-athletes from further injury, but smaller schools may be at a disadvantage.

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The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is collecting data on recyclables in each county with the goal to make recycling more accessible statewide.

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Cook County’s controversial sugary drink tax has been repealed roughly two months after it took effect. Following legal battles and an outcry from both consumers and business owners, the penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages will no longer be collected after December 1, 2017 which is the beginning of the county’s new fiscal year.

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Law enforcement in Sangamon County is gearing up for Luke Bryan’s concert on Friday after a late venue change due to rain. The concert was originally scheduled to be held at the Ayers Family Farm in Edinburg, Illinois, a small town in Christian County. It is now moved to the Illinois State Fairgrounds. 

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UPDATE: Springfield Police have arrested a 14-year-old male in connection with the bomb threats. He was charged with four felony counts of disorderly conduct and is being held at the Sangamon County Juvenile Detention Facility. 

Political third parties in Illinois recently won a victory in court which would make it easier to get on the ballot. 

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For years, schools throughout Illinois have been required to hold active shooter drills. But those drills are taking on more meaning for teachers and administrators tasked with keeping children safe. 

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An in-depth look at the Illinois High School Association, or IHSA, is the newest addition to the oral history project for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. 

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As the number of farmers markets grow across the state, inconsistencies in regulation for the farmers who travel from county to county has become apparent, but new legislation intends to remove some of the barriers. 

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The United States Supreme Court has agreed to again hear a case that poses a threat to public employee unions across the country and here in Illinois.

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After a nationwide call , cities across America are looking to land Amazon’s second headquarters attracting bids from big cities like Chicago.  But, Edwardsville, in the Metro East near St. Louis, is also throwing its hat in the ring.  

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