Workers prepare for the holiday shopping rush. (credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Retailers Ready To Add Thousands Of Jobs With Holidays Around The Corner

Major retailers are gearing up for holiday hiring and that’s good news in Illinois where the unemployment rate is 9.2 percent and 602,000 people are looking for work. With those numbers, you’ll want to get an early start on the job search. Roseanne Tellez has more on who’s hiring, and when.


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Can’t Wait For Christmas? Apparently, Neither Can Macy’s

Summer’s not officially over, but on the 6th floor of Macy’s on State Street, it’s already Christmastime.


Burglars Skip Stealing TV, Take Kids’ Banks

A west suburban family returned home early Christmas morning to find that their house had been burglarized, Aurora police said.


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Birders Make Annual Christmas Count Along Lakefront

Birders tallied more than 50 species of birds yesterday.


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Baffoe: Bears Making The Playoffs Is Useless

I lacked the gift of Chicago Bears hope and excitement.

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Most retailers offer big discounts starting the day after Christmas, to help boost year-end sales, and clear out excess inventory. (Credit: CBS)

Post-Christmas Shopping Frenzy Begins As Stores Offer Big Deals

Are you hoping Santa Claus still has a little something in his sack for you? Even jolly old St. Nick is probably scoping out the after-Christmas sales on Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–12/26/2012

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1 Dead, 13 Wounded In Christmas Eve, Christmas Shootings

One person was killed and 13 wounded in gun violence over the Christmas holiday, including an 11-year-old boy grazed by a bullet and a man who was shot to death during a dispute in the Englewood neighborhood.


Apostolic Church gave kids toys and a Christmas lunch. (Credit: CBS)

Apostolic Faith Church Gives Christmas Toys For Kids

From the North Pole to a South Side Church Santa came calling at the Apostolic Faith Church.


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Four Kids Donate Their Presents To Dogs

The kids came up with this idea on their own, according to their aunt Carolina Ruiz.


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Health Forces Cardinal To Forego Holiday Tradition

Francis Cardinal George is not making his usual visits to see inmates at the Cook County Jail and hospitalized children during this holiday season.


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Fire Guts Bridgeport Apartment

Fire gutted a 3-flat apartment building early this morning in the Bridgeport neighborhood.


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Local Doctor Lists Toys That Pose Danger To Kids

You might want to check some of those Christmas presents before it’s too late.

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Weather Service: 20 Percent Chance Of White Christmas

Those dreaming of a white Christmas in Chicago might get a flurry — but it won’t be a winter wonderland.


Tiarria Stallworth, a 29-year-old mother, was hit while putting her child into a car over the Thanksgiving holiday.  (Shamika Burton)

Mom Injured In Hit-And-Run Over Thanksgiving Goes Home For Christmas

Tiarria Stallworth was struck by a white sport-utility vehicle in the 8700 block of South Burley Avenue last month.


Macy's won't close until midnight Sunday. (Credit: CBS)

Last-Minute Shoppers Get A Break From Retailers

This weekend, procrastinators hit stores across the country, trying to wind down their Christmas shopping.


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Non-Profit Holds Christmas Party For At-Risk Kids

Non-profit charity Dreams For Kids is hosting the celebration at the Broadway Armory for more than 1,300 at-risk children.


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Severe Weather Impacting Christmas Shipping

Those Christmas presents you’re waiting on could be delayed by this week’s wintry weather.


One of the thousands of letters sent to Santa Claus every day during the holiday season. The Post Office opens and sorts through those letters to find children and families in need, and offers those letters to volunteers to buy gifts. (Credit: CBS)

Post Office’s Operation Santa Deadline Is Saturday

The deadline is tomorrow to bring in and pay for shipping on those wish list items.


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Shoppers Hitting Stores On Last Friday Before Christmas

On this last Friday before Christmas, shoppers are hitting the stores.


Gregory Cook is accused of using stolen goods as Christmas presents. (Credit: Riverside Police Dept.)

Man Accused Of Trying To Use Stolen Goods As Christmas Presents

Police say Gregory Cook repackaged stolen goods for Christmas gifts for his friends and family.