Jaclyn Driscoll

Jaclyn has an MA in Journalism from DePaul University and a BS in History form Monmouth College. Prior to reporting, Jaclyn was a social science teacher and department chair at Greenfield High School. Previously, Jaclyn reported for WICS Newschannel 20 where she covered a variety of assignments including courts, politics, and breaking news. She also reported at Siouxland News in Sioux City Iowa, the shared CBS/Fox television newsroom. Her internships included WGN and Comcast SportsNet in Chicago. 

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Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation that aims to address mental health parity in Illinois.

There are federal and state laws requiring insurance providers to cover not only physical health issues, but also mental health.

Illinois has strict laws, but some argue they’re not properly enforced, and those with mental health or addiction issues don’t always understand what’s covered with insurance.

State Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, is sponsoring legislation that would require the Illinois Department of Insurance to effectively communicate policy coverage.

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The opioid epidemic continues to plague communities across Illinois. For the state’s youth, the biggest threat may be hiding in their home medicine cabinet.

In 2016, there were nearly 1,500 prescription opioid overdose deaths in Illinois—a number that quadrupled in 3 years, according to the state’s Department of Public Health. Studies suggest that more youth are experimenting, and dying, from prescription pills.

The Illinois State Police will now house receptacles for people to safely dispose of unused pills. Lieutenant Matt Boerwinkle says it’s greatly needed.

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Illinois lawmakers are moving ahead with legislation toughening penalties for texting and driving.

If passed, the bill would allow law enforcement to issue a moving violation on a first offense. That carries a fine of $75 dollars for the first violation. Current law only allows a ticket to be issued on the second or subsequent stops.

State Rep. John D’Amico, D-Chicago, also sponsored the original ban on texting and driving four years ago. He says everyone knows now that texting and driving is illegal.

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Health professionals are shining a light on antibiotic resistance—an issue so prevalent, some are comparing it to the opioid epidemic.

At least 2 million people are infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria every year, and of those roughly 23,000 die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Scott Micek of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy says most of those deaths happen in the hospital.

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Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in Illinois and the number of cases is likely to jump even more in the next few years.

Experts say the expected increase of nearly 20 percent is due to more awareness, better diagnosis, and as longer lifespans. With no way to prevent, cure, or even slow progression, Alzheimer’s is straining health care programs.  

Mike Bius of the Alzheimer’s Association said it’s resulted in about $187 billion in costs across the country.

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