Majority Of Americans See Trump's First Year As A Failure

As President Trump approaches the one-year anniversary of his inauguration, a majority of Americans think his first year in office has been a failure — and that he's divided the nation. A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds that by a 53-to-40-percent margin, Americans deemed Trump's first year a failure. And by an almost 2-to-1 margin (61 to 32 percent), Americans said they believe Trump has divided the country since his election. Americans give Trump relatively positive marks on his...

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Chicago, IL – What do you do if you have a nationwide concert tour lined up, but no car to get you to your shows? If you're Andru Bemis, you hop a train. WNIJ's Chris Lehman has more:

Sycamore, IL – A watchdog group has been keeping tabs on the circuit court judges that hear domestic violence cases in DeKalb County. They recently unveiled the results in their first report.

Sycamore, IL – Jail officials are trying to keep the peace at the overcrowded DeKalb County Jail. They hope that this spring, voters will approve a sales tax increase to fund a planned expansion.

Carpentersville, IL – This academic year, the Carpentersville school district has a tight budget, smaller staff and fewer programs because a referendum failed last spring. A student films the effects of the change, and gets local reaction for a documentary he's producing.

DeKalb – DeKalb author Amy Timberlake sat down with WNIJ's Chris Lehman to discuss her first children's book, "The Dirty Cowboy". The book is set in the desert southwest, and is based on a story that has been passed down through her family for several generations.

Creston, IL – Some newspapers are proud of their longevity. But as WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports, one local paper is so new, it's catching the people it covers somewhat off guard.

DeKalb, IL – During bad economic times college enrollment usually goes up. This fall, figures at Northern Illinois University showed this trend. The university saw a surge in minority enrollment, particularly among Latinos. But there's a strong chance the Latino students will not complete their degrees. Some school officials are working to stop this phenomenon.

St. Louis, MO – Over the next year, some vampires, werewolves and wraiths will be wiped out of the "world of darkness" as a long-running live action role-playing game comes to an end. Players from around the world have to decide whether they will let their characters die off or they will hang on until the very end.

Genoa, IL – Illinois Air National Guard pilot Brian Slavenas was killed when his helicopter was shot down in Iraq. He was buried in Genoa, Illinois: Slavenas' family held two memorial services for him, each one representing their opposing views of the war. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports:

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DeKalb, IL – State Representative David Wirsing will be laid to rest this Friday. The Sycamore Republican died Sunday at his home after suffering an apparent heart attack. WNIJ's Chris Lehman reports.

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