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Illinois' Improving Jobs Picture

CHICAGO (AP) - Unemployment fell in all 12 Illinois metro areas in July. It was the fourth straight month of falling jobless rates across the state's metro areas. Read more »

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Illinois Twinkie Bakery to Close

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – Just 13 months after Twinkies made their celebrated comeback to store shelves, one of the four bakeries that make the cream-filled treats is closing. Read More »

Peanut and Almond Butter Recall

NEW YORK (AP) -- Peanut and almond butters sold at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and other grocers are being recalled because of possible salmonella contamination. Read More »

Target to Extend Store Hours

WSIL -- Target says it's extending store hours at some locations around the country to compete against other major retailers. Read More »

Illinois Attorney General Warns About IT Phone Scam

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois residents are being warned to watch out for telephone scammers who pose as representatives from Microsoft or other technology companies. Read More »

Hospital Network Hacked, 4.5 Million Records Stolen

CNN -- Hackers have taken 4.5 million Social Security numbers from patients who attended any one of Community Health Systems' 206 hospitals this year. Read More »

Dollar General Enters Bidding for Family Dollar

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - There's now a bidding war for Family Dollar, with Dollar General offering about $9.7 billion for the discounter in an effort to trump Dollar Tree's bid. Read More »

Ford Recalls 83,250 Cars and SUVs

DETROIT (AP) - Ford is recalling 83,250 vehicles because a faulty part could cause them to lose power or roll away if they're parked. Read More »

Data Breach Revealed By Supervalu

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The grocery chain Supervalu said Friday that it may have suffered a data breach at stores in as many as five states. Read More »

Keurig Hiking Prices

CNN -- Keurig Green Mountain said Thursday it plans to hike prices by 9 percent for the K-Cup packets used in its signature brewing system. Read More »

Burger King Nixes Lower-Calorie 'Satisfries'

NEW YORK (AP) - Burger King is getting rid of the lower-calorie french fries it introduced less than a year ago. Read More »

FCC Chief Supports Repeal of NFL TV Blackout Rules

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission says it's time to repeal NFL television blackout rules. Read More »

Jelly Belly Ends Jelly Bean Production in Illinois

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) - The makers of Jelly Belly candy say they're reducing their workforce at the company's North Chicago factory and will no longer make their famous jelly beans there. Read More »

US Postal Service Loses $2B This Spring

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2 billion this spring despite increasing its volume and charging consumers more money to send mail. Read More »

Hyundai Fined $17.35M Over Brake Defect

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government says Hyundai has agreed to pay a $17.35 million fine for delayed reporting of a brake defect affecting Genesis luxury cars. Read More »

Which State Has the Fastest Internet Speed?

ABC NEWS -- Virginia is for lovers ... of high speed Internet. The southern state boasts the fastest connection in the United States, according to Broadview Networks. Read More »

GM Recalls SUVs for Fire Risk

As part of the recall, GM is advising SUV owners to park their vehicles outside. Read More »

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