Retailers give shoppers new reasons to use mobile phones in stores

Retailers are using apps for smartphones to help drive shoppers to their stores, and make shopping easier.


De-stress Thanksgiving by simplifying the sides

Here's two veggie sides that can be prepped ahead of time and popped right in the oven alongside the turkey.


WATCH: How to perfectly carve a Thanksgiving turkey

This one-minute video from the experts at Butterball will turn you into a turkey-carving pro.


Walmart pulls Cyber Monday forward to Sunday, record sales expected

Walmart has decided that Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year, should not start on a Monday anymore.


How YouTube drives holiday toy wish lists

As families prepare to spend an estimated $630.7 billion on gifts this holiday season, the smallest screens could have the biggest influence.


A Thanksgiving appetizer so good you’ll have to hide it

Long before the turkey comes out of the oven golden and glistening your family will probably be snacking on apps.


Chipotle E. coli cases suspected in six states

Three new states have reported E. coli infections of the same strain as the Chipotle outbreak.


Black Friday – where are the deals?

The changing trends of Black Friday shopping.


Breaking up on Facebook is hard to do

The world's largest social network is trying to help people who have split up with a spouse or lover, offering a new feature that spares them from constantly seeing their former partner's posts and pictures in their news feed.


Consumers favor Amazon for online holiday shopping

A majority of consumers plan to go to Amazon for most of their online holiday shopping, according to a new poll, even after traditional retailers have collectively spent billions of dollars to try to capture online demand.


Here’s the truth about Black Friday ‘doorbusters’

Planning on waiting in line for Black Friday? You may want to think twice.


Good news for coffee drinkers

People who drink coffee daily, even up to four cups per day, are less likely to die from heart disease, neurological disease, type 2 diabetes or suicide than others, according to a new study.


WATCH: Black Friday myths that cost you cash

The secrets of holiday shopping revealed.


Bloomingdale’s ‘spiked eggnog’ ad sparks outrage on social media

A holiday advertisement by Bloomingdale's that encourages drink spiking was trending heavily on social media, with some critics saying the image promotes date rape.


Hershey Kisses are getting a little healthier

Kisses and chocolate bars are losing their artificial flavors and adding real sugar as Hershey looks to cater to a growing demand for less-processed food.


Fear of Friday the 13th goes beyond Camp Crystal Lake

Tracking down the origin of our fear of Friday the 13th isn't easy.


Joe’s Crab Shack tests no tipping policy

National seafood chain Joe's Crab Shack has dipped its toes into fresh waters with a test program to remove tipping from more than a dozen of its restaurants.


Photographers capture landmarks, skylines for Blue Angels

Five petty officers have landed jobs that offer a viewpoint few people have - flying in the backseat of F-18 fighter.


Toy makers are dreaming of a ‘green’ Christmas

The U.S. toy industry is expected to have its strongest year in at least a decade after several years of kids choosing videogames and mobile apps over Barbie and stuffed bears.

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Butler Supports Rauner’s Refugee Move

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State Representative Tim Butler stands behind Governor Bruce Rauner in temporarily halting the admission of refugees from Syria into Illinois.

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Pension Benefits Cut for New Firefighter Hires

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Firefighters hired from here on out for the Springfield Fire Department will not receive a perk that current firefighters get.

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Appeals Court Upholds Beason Murder Conviction


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Judge Will Not Reinstate Bloomington Murder Charges


A McLean County judge has turned down a prosecution request to reinstate murder charges against a Bloomington woman in the death of her young son.