Stories by Eddie Arruza

Newly Rediscovered Historic House in Wilmette Faces Uncertain Future

On a street where homes sell for well over $1 million, one house has been hiding in plain sight for decades. It has been a welcome surprise to preservationists, but not to the developer who now owns it.

Rare Triple Lunar Treat Includes Eclipse, Blood Moon

“Chicago Tonight” viewer J. Scott Sykora shared this photo of a harvest supermoon eclipse on Sept. 27, 2015.

If the skies over Chicago cooperate over the next 12 hours, the moon will offer a very rare triple feature. 

Courtroom Artist Tom Gianni Has His Day in a Gallery Exhibition

Away from the courtroom, local artist Tom Gianni employs his talents in far different and impressive ways. We explore his solo show, “Art that Works for a Living.”

Local Soprano Janai Brugger Makes Lyric Opera Debut

Janai Brugger

She is taking the opera world by storm, and she’s here to show us why. Janai Brugger of Darien joins us in conversation and performance.

Bannon Slams Trump: Republicans React to Claims of West Wing Chaos

An explosive new book pits President Donald Trump against former adviser Steve Bannon. Local Republicans assess the turmoil in Washington.

In Maria’s Wake, Young Puerto Rican Family Now Calls Chicago Home

It’s been three months since Hurricane Maria dealt a devastating blow to Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territory is still struggling.  How one young mother and her sons are restarting their lives in Chicago.

Tenor Stefano La Colla Makes American Debut in Lyric’s ‘Turandot’

Stefano La Colla in “Turandot” (Courtesy of Lyric Opera Chicago)

The up-and-coming Italian tenor is already being compared to the legendary Luciano Pavarotti. Stefano La Colla joins us in conversation and performance.

The Nuclear Age at 75: Remembering Chicago’s Role

Eric Isaacs, EVP for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories at UChicago

The nuclear age was triggered in Chicago 75 years ago this week. We remember that fateful day, the man behind it and the lingering implications.

Despite Uncertainty Over Obamacare, Illinoisans Rush for Coverage

While the Trump administration has repeatedly tried to repeal Obamacare, Illinois residents are still taking advantage of it in droves.

In Chicago’s Humboldt Park, Relief for Puerto Rican Evacuees

During a tour of a newly established relief center, Mayor Rahm Emanuel reemphasized that Chicago will remain a welcoming city and blasted the federal government for its response to Hurricane Maria.

Remembering Harold Washington, Chicago’s 1st African-American Mayor

As we approach the 30th anniversary of his death, a discussion about the legacy of former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington with local filmmaker Joe Winston and former news anchor Robin Robinson.

‘Race’ Exhibition Challenges Visitors to Rethink the Concept

Chicago History Museum curator Joy Bivins

What does race mean to you? A new exhibit at the Chicago History Museum asks visitors to consider how much all of us focus on race every day, whether we realize it or not.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Visits Chicago, Pleads for Help for Puerto Rico

A Broadway superstar returns to Chicago to plea for help for his Puerto Rican homeland, and addresses a controversial tweet about the president.

Springfield Lobbyist Accuses State Senator of Sexual Harassment

Lobbyist Denise Rotheimer, who is also running as a Republican for state representative, testified that she was the victim of “mind games” and untoward comments made by state Sen. Ira Silverstein, D-Chicago.

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.

On 500th Anniversary, Local Exhibitions Reveal Impact of Reformation

On the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s dramatic challenge to the Catholic Church, two local exhibitions reveal the astonishing impact of the Reformation.

Can William Shatner Help Chicago Land Amazon’s HQ2?

William Shatner (Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

Chicago’s bid to land Amazon’s much-coveted HQ2 has taken on a sci-fi element.

Durbin, Sessions Spar Over Chicago Gun Violence

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, left, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

A testy confrontation on Capitol Hill: Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sparred over gun violence in Chicago and the Justice Department’s threat to withhold federal grants to cities that protect undocumented immigrants.

How Plastic Cutlery is Bringing Hope, Jobs to a South Side Community

A training program and manufacturing plant are not only providing high-demand plastic products, but giving community residents hands-on experience in specialized jobs that are the future of manufacturing.

Controversial Photo Prompts Demand for Water Department Hearings

 A noose is shown hanging in a Water Department truck. (Courtesy of Ald. David Moore)

A Chicago alderman demands hearings into the city’s Water Department after a photo surfaced of a noose hanging in a department truck. 

Hundreds Flee Devastation in Puerto Rico to Join Family in Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday the city is not only offering emergency responders to help Puerto Rico, but has already accepted 1,600 evacuees. 

Lyric Opera and Joffrey Ballet to Join Forces Under One Roof

(Todd Rosenberg / Lyric Opera of Chicago)

What brought about the new business arrangement of two of Chicago’s most prominent cultural institutions? We speak with two of the driving forces behind each company.

After Years of Development, GM Takes Hands-Free Technology on the Road

The race to create self-driving cars is heating up. One automaker has taken a significant step towards a hands-free future with a model that will soon be available in the Chicago area.

Trump Touts ‘Good Job’ in Puerto Rico as Chicago Residents Take Action

The Trump administration fights back against widespread criticism of its slow response to Hurricane Maria, while Chicago’s Puerto Rican community mobilizes to try to send supplies and water to the island.

In Pilsen, Monarch Butterflies a Source of Joy and Education

How a Chicago community organization cultivates the scientific and cultural aspects of monarch butterflies.