Stories by Eddie Arruza

Emanuel: Neo-Nazis ‘Think They Have a Friend in the Oval Office’

The violent confrontation between white supremacists groups and protesters has sparked nationwide outrage and condemnation. How some local politicians are responding.

More Fallout From the Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin

Several Cook County commissioners, including one who may be after Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s job, are blasting her handling of the new sweetened beverage tax.

Former Northwestern Professor Accused of Murder Appears in Court

42-year-old Wyndham Lathem, who’s accused in the murder of a 26-year-old Chicago man, made his first court appearance on Monday.

Illinois State Fair to Auction Off $100,000 in Unclaimed Property

The nine-day event has something for everyone, including an attraction that’s been found to lure folks to the fair who might not otherwise go: an auction of unclaimed property.

Illinois Shuts Down ‘The Fire Ball’ Rides

The Illinois Department of Labor has joined other states in shutting down carnival rides similar to the one that malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair Wednesday.

500 Vivian Maier Photos Donated to University of Chicago

Unpublished work © 2017 The Estate of Vivian Maier. All rights reserved

A relatively small but significant trove of photographs by Vivian Maier has a new home at the University of Chicago Library.

Anger Over $40M Red Light Camera Settlement

Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th Ward, says motorists are likely to receive only half of what they might have if they’d been allowed to contest their fines.

Chicago Pastry Chef Awarded France’s Highest Civilian Honor

Words of culinary wisdom from master pastry chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder of The French Pastry School.

Lake Shore Drive Transformation Plan Ambitious, But Realistic?

It is one of the city’s crown jewels, but parts of Lake Shore Drive have not been upgraded since before World War II. A new plan gives parts of the drive a real “wow” factor.

‘Englewood Rising’ Campaign a ‘Reflection of What Already Exists’

(Credit: Tonika Johnson)

A new rebranding campaign aims to change the perception of one of Chicago’s most beleaguered communities.

Illinois Senators Weigh in on New Budget

Illinois Senators discuss the newly passed budget and explain why they voted the way they did.

Survival Stories, Photos Commemorate Dark Chapter in US History

A new book and a Chicago-area survivor recall the infamous internment of Japanese-Americans that took place 75 years ago.

‘Passion for French Posters’ on Display at Driehaus Museum

When fine art and advertising joined forces: We check out an exhibition of posters from late 19th century France.

Durkin: Madigan ‘Needs to Work With Us’ on Balanced Budget

Republican state lawmakers say they have crafted a balanced budget bill that is both a compromise with Democratic proposals and one Gov. Bruce Rauner has promised to sign if it’s passed.

Illinois Man, 66, Identified as Suspect in Virginia Shooting

An Illinois man from Belleville is identified as the lone gunman who opened fire Wednesday morning at a park in Alexandria, Virginia.

Joseph Berrios: Cook County Assessments ‘Fair and Accurate’

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios is pushing back on a series of reports by the Chicago Tribune questioning the accuracy and fairness of his office.

DCFS Director George Sheldon Abruptly Resigns

George Sheldon’s departure comes as he faces an ongoing ethics probe involving contracts and DCFS is under fire for its handling of the Semaj Crosby case. 

Passenger Dragged From Flight, Security Officer Put on Leave

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An aviation security officer is put on leave after a passenger is dragged from an overbooked United Airlines flight at O’Hare.

World of Robotics and Automation on Display in Chicago

They’re fast, they’re precise and in some cases they’re even ... cute. We visit the trade show Automate to get a look at the latest in robotics.

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Unveils New AbilityLab

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago has a new name, a new location and a much larger, state-of-the-art facility that its executives say rivals any other physical rehabilitation center in the world.  

‘Celebrating Plácido’ Highlights Accomplished Career of Opera Star

When Plácido Domingo takes the stage at Lyric Opera of Chicago this week, he will be reaching new pinnacles in a career that is already astonishing for its accomplishments and longevity. 

‘Operation Finale’ Exhibit Details Capture, Trial of Nazi Leader

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An exhibit of artifacts from the capture and trial of infamous Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann.

Lyric’s Season Finale: International Cast in Tchaikovsky Favorite

Ana Maria Martinez and Charles Castronovo.

Performances from two of the international stars from Lyric Opera of Chicago’s season finale.

What Landmark Status Could Mean for Former Johnson Publishing Building

The former Johnson Publishing building is up for landmark status, but what does that mean for the future of the only black-designed high-rise in downtown Chicago?

Day Without Immigrants Protests Trump Policies

In Chicago, hundreds of protesters held a rally on the Near West Side Thursday morning before heading to the Federal Plaza in the Loop.