Stories by Eddie Arruza

Latest News from Outer Space

A photo of earth from 1 billion miles away, what the Curiosity Rover has discovered after a year on Mars, and a spacecraft that may now be traveling beyond the solar system. Astrophysicist Chris Lintott joins us to explore some of the latest and most amazing stories from outer space. View a slideshow and vote on your favorite photo in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 Contest.

City Inoculates Ash Trees

The City of Chicago says it now has a greener and more cost-effective way to treat ash trees infested by the destructive Emerald Ash Borer. City crews are inoculating the trees. Officials say the treatment will spare tens of thousands of trees from being cut down, and saves $1,000 per tree in removal costs. We look at how effective the treatment is. Read an article.

Fashion Outlets of Chicago

The Fashion Outlets of Chicago is set to make its big grand opening in Rosemont next week. We take you inside the mega outlet mall to see what developers say will be a game changer in area retail shopping. Read an article and view a slideshow.

Training for School Principals

Some innovative programs are preparing school principals for struggling urban schools by mentoring them and getting them firsthand experience. We look at how the Center for Urban Education Leadership at UIC and the nonprofit New Leaders are training 21st century urban school principals for the tough job they face. Read an article.

Bus Rapid Transit

It could be one of the most dramatic changes to Chicago's public transportation system in decades. We look at the proposed Bus Rapid Transit plans for Ashland Avenue and the Loop.


Bringing manufacturing back to America is being called "reshoring." But will the U.S. ever regain its manufacturing supremacy? We take a look at the phenomenon and how the Chicago area is faring.

Nature Preserve Planned for North Side

It's been something of a dead zone for decades, but now the City of Chicago has plans to resurrect part of a North Side cemetery.  We'll tell you about the proposed West Ridge Nature Preserve.

Women in Combat

Local female veterans react to the Pentagon lifting the ban on women in combat.

Local Congressman Hires First Illinois DREAMer

The first young immigrant in Illinois to receive work authorization under President Obama's deportation-relief order is now working for a U.S. congressman. We bring you his story.

LGBT Senior Housing

It will be the first of its kind in the Midwest: affordable housing geared towards gay and lesbian senior citizens. We look at how and why the new building in Lakeview came about.

Norman Rockwell Painting on Chicago Auction Block

A rare Norman Rockwell painting is up for auction here this weekend, and it could set a Chicago record. Eddie Arruza has the story.

Diabetes Education

A door-to-door diabetes education campaign in two of Chicago's poorest neighborhoods is resulting in some surprising finds and encouraging outcomes.


Getting to be in your 80s and 90s and still having the mind of someone much younger is everyone's dream. But now researchers are looking into how so-called "SuperAgers" manage to do it. We take a look.

Chicago's Mother Cabrini Shrine Reopens

There were doubts that it would survive, but the shrine and chapel dedicated to Mother Frances Cabrini has been refurbished and reopened. Eddie Arruza takes us inside the restored sacred landmark in Lincoln Park.

High School Dropout Shares His Story

As Chicago Public Schools get back to business following the strike, many still face daunting challenges -- including a staggering dropout rate in some high schools. One recent dropout tells us why he felt he couldn't stay in school.


Getting to be in your 80s and 90s and still having the mind of someone much younger is everyone's dream. But now researchers are looking into how so-called "SuperAgers" manage to do it. We take a look.


Chicago's Tech Boom

What's happening in the city is a tech boom that has some seeing Chicago as the next Silicon Valley. Eddie Arruza reports on the young workforce and the businesses creating a high-tech hotbed downtown.


The Battle over Goldberg's Prentice Women's Hospital

The battle lines have been drawn over Bertrand Goldberg's Prentice Women's Hospital. Eddie Arruza reports on the fight between preservationists and the building's owner: Northwestern University.


Tweeting Cab Driver

We meet the Chicago taxi driver who's become a Twitter celebrity as he tries to improve the image of cabbies.


Chicago Explores Bus Rapid Transit

Jeffery Corridor Bus Rapid Transit

We talk with CTA president Forrest Claypool about how the transit agency will benefit from Mayor Emanuel's infrastructure announcement, and then we continue our look at Bus Rapid Transit in Mexico City and how Chicago will try its own BRT pilot program.


Mexico City’s Bus Rapid Transit System


We take a look at the Bus Rapid Transit system in Mexico City, which some Chicago transportation officials say could serve as a model for the Windy City.