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Shoppers Test The Waters On Thanksgiving

Their observation: It was much less chaotic then Black Friday excursions to the stores. CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross reports.


Kmart's "Not A Christmas Commercial," released just a few days after Labor Day. (Credit: YouTube)

Forget Black Friday, Kmart Wants Christmas Shoppers Before Summer’s Over

Labor Day’s less than a week behind us, so clearly it’s time to start luring in Christmas shoppers, right?


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Report: Olive Garden To Open Restaurant In Avondale

The city could soon get its first Olive Garden restaurant.


Jeremiah N. Benjamin and Katherin R. Mejia were charged in connection with a stolen credit card. (Naperville Police)

Thief Foiled After Pulling Out His ‘Rewards’ Card While Using Stolen Credit Card

When using a stolen debit or credit card, it’s almost always a bad idea to proffer some of your own identification, even if that does get you more free stuff in the process.



Best Places To Make Holiday Gift Donations In Chicago

Chicago is abundant in luxury shops and fun winter festivals but it is also packed with those in need this holiday season. Take this opportunity to find a way to help others through a holiday gift donation.


Shoppers tie a package to the roof of their car after taking advantage of a Thanksgiving Day deal at Kmart. (Credit: CBS)

Some Shoppers Can’t Wait Until After Thanksgiving To Hunt For Bargains

Wal-Mart and Kmart have opened on Thanksgiving for some time now. What has changed over the years is the way they roll out deals. At Wal-Mart, they call it “The Blitz,” and at Kmart, they call them “Doorbusters.”


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Back-To-School Shopping Season Brings Big Deals From Retailers

It’s the second biggest shopping season of the year – back-to-school shopping, when American consumers will spend some $30 billion.

CBS 2–08/08/2012

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Sears Holdings To Close 5 Illinois Stores

The stores to be shuttered are a Sears in Alton, a Sears Grand/Essentials in McHenry and three K-Marts — in Oak Lawn, Zion and Peru.


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Walter’s Perspective: What Lawmakers Should Resolve To Do In 2012

CBS 2’s Walter Jacobson thinks Illinois lawmakers should redo the controversial tax breaks that Sears received for staying.

CBS 2–12/29/2011

This Kmart store in St. John, Ind. is scheduled to close under a plan announced by Sears Holding. (CBS)

Kmart Closing Hits NW Ind. Community

The St. John, Ind. Kmart survived tragedy in 1985, but now apparently cannot survive this economy. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


Banners hanging outside the Sears store on State Street in downtown Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Sears Lists First 79 Stores To Close, None In Illinois

Sears has released a list of the first 79 stores to close under a plan to shutter 100 to 120 Sears and Kmart locations due to poor holiday sales.

CBS Chicago–12/29/2011

Banners hanging outside the Sears store on State Street in downtown Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Up To 120 Sears, Kmart Stores To Close

Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp. is closing between 100 and 120 Sears and K-Mart stores, after abysmal holiday sales.

CBS Chicago–12/27/2011

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Sears Explores Move, But Experts Have Their Doubts

While Sears Holding Corp. is considering leaving its suburban Chicago headquarters and taking more than 6,000 jobs out of Illinois, the costs – in money, lost employees and disruption – make moving an expensive proposition, one that some experts say they doubt the struggling retailer will undertake.


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Two Charged In $1.7M Wal-Mart Check Scheme

Two people are accused of running a check fraud scheme that attempted to bilk Chicago area Wal-Mart and K-Mart stores out of more than $1.7 million.

CBS Chicago–06/15/2011

A woman allegedly shoplifting at this suburban Kmart store died after being taken into custody Thursday night. (CBS)

Woman Dies After Being Detained For Shoplifting

A woman died Thursday night after being detained by security for allegedly shoplifting at a southwest suburban Kmart.


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Mom Leaves Kids In Car To Run Errand

While the mother may have thought it was safe to leave her sleeping children alone in her car for a short time, her son was not as content.


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Black Friday Deals That Are Worth The Wait

There’s just two more days till Black Friday. Retailers are offering thousands of bargains, but which ones are worth it? CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker has suggestions from the experts.

CBS 2–11/24/2010