Director Spike Lee and actor John Cusack discuss Lee's upcoming film "Chiraq," which has sparked controversy over the title. Chiraq -- a blend of Chicago and Iraq -- has been slapped on the city by rappers and spread through social media because of gun violence in some Chicago neighborhoods. (Photo credit: CBS)

Amazon Producing Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq,” With Reported December Premiere

Spike Lee’s controversial new film “Chi-Raq” – a nickname given to Chicago neighborhoods plagued by violence – will be Amazon’s first foray into producing theatrical films, with a big screen debut reportedly set for December.


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Amazon, Walmart Hoping To Lure Summer Shoppers With Christmas In July Sales

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker takes a look this latest marketing strategy that could be the start of anew summer trend.


Shipping orders go by on a conveyor belt at Amazon's San Bernardino Fulfillment Center. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Sales Tax Holiday Over For Amazon Customers In Illinois

Amazon spokesman Ty Rogers said Friday the online retailer will be required to collect the 6.25 percent tax starting Feb. 1.


Shipping orders go by on a conveyor belt at Amazon's San Bernardino Fulfillment Center. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Amazon To Open First Illinois Facility, Hire 1,000

The company made the announcement about the $75 million project on Tuesday. The jobs figure would be reached by 2017.


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E.S.P.’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Show mom how much you appreciate all she does by getting her something from E.S.P.’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide.


A four-rotor helicopter drone. (CBS)

Hobbyists Already Getting A Taste Of Amazon’s Drone Techology

What may seem like the package-delivery technology of tomorrow has really already arrived. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.



Amazon Now Ships Wine To Illinois Customers

Customers can ship up to six bottles for a fee of $9.99, according to Amazon.


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Holiday Shopping Online: Sites For Cyber Monday And Beyond

The money has to go a little further this year. Here are some of our favorite sites to visit for deals on Cyber Monday and throughout the holiday season.


Many retailers -- like Target, Best Buy and Amazon -- are offering price matching on some electronics for the holiday shopping season, but as always, shoppers need to look at the fine print to get the best deals. (Credit: CBS)

Survive This Economy: Sorting Through Price Match Offers On Holiday Shopping

Some of the biggest stores have started offering shoppers something new this holiday season to help them “Survive This Economy.” Many major retailers have offered price matching, including for online competitors.

CBS 2–10/23/2012

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Father’s Day Gift Guide For All Budgets

Father’s Day is fast approaching. But don’t fret; CBS Local did the browsing for you. Find dad-friendly gifts for any budget.


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Mother’s Day Gift Guide, Online And For All Budgets

Spend Mother’s Day appreciating mom, but don’t forget the gift! Check out this online gift guide for options to make her holiday unforgettable.



South American Bird Overshoots During Migration, Ends Up In Chicago

A sharp-eyed 16-year-old birdwatcher has spotted a bedraggled visitor, who has migrated about 7,000 miles from home.

WBBM Newsradio–04/19/2012

Amazon's Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble's Nook e-readers. (Credit: CBS)

Which Tablet Computer Is The Best Choice This Christmas?

Tablet computers are a hot gift for Christmas. Sales are up 264% this year, with the iPad leading the way, but the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet are picking up steam.

CBS 2–12/20/2011

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Gift Guide For The Creative Type

With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to think about that shopping list. Here are a few gift ideas for those creative types.


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Gift Guide For The Adventurer

Uncovering worthy gifts for the adventurous world traveler can be difficult. From a travel diary to a language course to a tricked-out Nikon camera, presents that are both fun and useful are the way to go.


A Man Uses A Computer Mouse. (AP Photo)

State Can’t Collect Web Purchase Taxes To Fill Budget Gap

Illinois has big budget problems, but filling the gap with money from Internet revenue is a plan that just is not working.

CBS Chicago–09/12/2011

Amazon Drops Illinois Affiliates To Avoid Sales Taxes has cut ties with its Illinois affiliates in the wake of a new law requiring such online stores to collect sales taxes.


Gov. Pat Quinn (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Governor Signs Law To Collect Online Sales Taxes

Internet shoppers in Illinois will soon find themselves having to pay sales tax on some purchases they make online, under a new state law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday.

CBS Chicago–03/10/2011

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DIY Gastric Bypass Kit Appears On Amazon

A do-it-yourself gastric bypass surgery kit somehow popped up for sale on Monday.

CBS Chicago–01/18/2011

Pedophile's Guide For Sale On Amazon

Blogger Outraged Over ‘Pedophile’s Guide’

A Chicago parenting blog is among the chorus across the country calling for a boycott of over the sale of a “pedophile’s guide.”

CBS Chicago–11/11/2010