Election Chiefs 'Straddle The Line Between Sounding The Alarm And Being Alarmist'

Top election officials from across the country grappled with a delicate question this weekend: How do you tackle the threat of election interference, and be transparent in doing so, without further eroding the public's trust in the voting process? "I'm always trying to straddle the line between sounding the alarm on this issue and being alarmist," said Steve Simon, Minnesota's Secretary of State. The four-day annual meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State, which featured a...

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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.

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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.

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