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Amazon To Start Charging Illinois Sales Tax

CHICAGO (AP) - Amazon will start collecting sales tax from Illinois consumers next month to comply with a new state law. Read more »

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IL Unemployment Rate Lowest Since 2008

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois' unemployment rate fell in December to 6.2 percent. That's the lowest it has been in almost seven years and represents the ninth monthly decrease in the past 10 months. Read More »

Gov't Adds Emergency Brake Features to Safety Device List

DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. government's auto safety agency wants to add two automatic emergency braking devices to its list of recommended safety features for new-car buyers. Read More »

American Express to Cut More Than 4,000 Jobs

NEW YORK (AP) - American Express is planning to cut more than 4,000 jobs across the company this year, a company spokeswoman told The Associated Press. Read More »

Microsoft Shows Off Windows 10 and 'HoloLens'

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) - Microsoft has taken the wraps off a new version of Windows - and a new wearable 3D gadget it calls the HoloLens. Read More »

Standards Aim to Cut Down on Salmonella in Poultry

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is pushing the poultry industry to make chicken and turkey a little safer with new standards aimed at reducing the number of cases of foodborne illness. Read More »

Walmart Customers Can Get Tax Refunds in Cash

CNN -- This tax season, Walmart customers will be able to collect their tax refunds in cash at stores. Read More »

USPS Warning Customers of Scam

WSIL -- The United States Postal Service is warning customers about an email scam involving package deliveries and online postage charges. Read More »

Meet the $1 Million Robot You Can Buy on Amazon

ABC NEWS -- A robot that takes its cues from its operator's facial expressions to shoot at enemies is now for sale on Amazon, suggesting that you can buy just about anything on the e-commerce giant's website. Read More »

US Probes Jeep Cherokee Fire, Nissan Rogue Air Bag Trouble

DETROIT (AP) - U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating engine compartment smoke or fire complaints in two Jeep Cherokees, and air bags that didn't inflate properly in two Nissan Rogues. Read More »

Gas Tax on the Rise?

WSIL -- We've been catching a break lately at the gas pump, but if some analysts get their way that could soon change. Read More »

Gas Price Predictions

WSIL -- It's another week that we're paying low prices at the gas pump, but don't get too comfortable. Experts say the market will rebound soon enough. Read More »

Postal Service Proposes Small Price Increases on Postage

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service is proposing slight increases for mailing letters and postcards - but leaving first-class "Forever" stamps at their present 49 cents. Read More »

New Healthcare Law Means More Paperwork at Tax Time

MARION -- Now that you can be charged a penalty if you didn't have health insurance in 2014, you'll need to make sure you have all of your paperwork in place before you do your taxes or take them to an accountant. Read More »

Ben & Jerry's Adds 3 New Ice Cream Flavors

CNN -- Ben and Jerry's has added three new ice cream flavors. Read More »

Facebook Launches Amber Alerts to Help Find Missing Children

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook users in the U.S. will soon receive Amber Alerts to help find missing children who may be located near them. Read More »

Deaths Due to General Motors' Faulty Ignitions at 45

NEW YORK (AP) - At least 45 people have died and 68 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Read More »

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