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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Democrat J.B. Pritzker and Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner will square off this fall in the general election for Illinois governor.  Each pumped millions into their campaigns to win primary races.  Their return on investment shows just how costly this race will be.  

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Lawmakers see chance for green with recreational marijuana.

Marijuana legalization is getting another look in Illinois, particularly for the money it could bring the state. The state has overdue bills nearing $9 billion after a more than two-year budget stalemate, and some argue a little extra cash could go a long way.

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You might be feeling the effects of the time change  just like every spring when we lose an hour.  But there’s legislation that just might change that. 

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Comptroller Susana Mendoza is launching a new measure to end, what she calls a "long-standing practice of offshoring staff salaries." 

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"This bill honors my family's hope and my father's legacy to protect future athletes and the future of football," says Tregg Duerson, Dave Duerson's son. 

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Five of the six Democrats running for governor met in Springfield for a debate. House Speaker Michael Madigan was once again a hot topic, as the speaker had earlier in the week cut ties with a second aide over allegations of harassment.

Meanwhile, Republicans were distancing themselves from their own problem candidate — one who'd used racial and anti-gay language in a conversation with Republican attorney general candidate Erika Harold.

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Another state lawmaker is targeting weapons like the AR-15,  a  popular semiautomatic rifle used in the recent Florida school shooting.  Sen. Ira Silverstein, D-Chicago, filed a bill that would ban "assault weapons." 

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An Illinois proposal has been drafted in response to the deadly shooting at a Florida high school last week. The newly filed measure would ban so-called "ghost guns." 

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After a historic term as president of the Abraham Lincoln Association, Kathryn Harris is passing the gavel this week at the annual banquet and symposium celebrating Abraham Lincoln's 209th birthday anniversary. 

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In a long-anticipated move, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in January he was rescinding the hands-off approach taken by the Obama administration regarding marijuana enforcement. Illinois has decriminalized the drug and has a medicinal program. 

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A new plan in Illinois aims to end youth tackle football programs with the goal of preventing Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease of the brain caused by repetitive brain trauma. 

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Rural America was an important demographic in the last election cycle, helping Donald Trump advance to the White House over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Even though Illinois was an electoral victory for Clinton, only twelve of Illinois’ 102 counties went blue, and more than half of those were located in Chicagoland. 

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After just roughly two years of construction, the University of Illinois Springfield’s Student Union is officially open. 

Hundreds of students, staff, administration, even city leaders attended the celebratory day for the campus as its first student union is now ready for students as they return to campus from winter break this week. 

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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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