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Stories by Eddie Arruza

What’s in Store for Chicago from NY-Based Architects of Obama Library

Architects Billie Tsien, left, and Tod Williams.

After an extensive and highly competitive search, The Obama Foundation chose a New York-based architectural firm to design the Obama Presidential Center. Blair Kamin gives us some insights into the work of the architects and what Chicago might expect to see from them.

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Reaches Jupiter After 5-Year Voyage

This illustration depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully entering Jupiter's orbit. (Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Juno is set to uncover what Jupiter has been hiding. After a five-year, 1.75 billion mile voyage, NASA's spacecraft named after a Roman goddess successfully entered into orbit around the largest planet in our solar system Monday night. 

Reevaluating Chicago’s Industrial Corridors

All eyes are on the North Branch industrial corridor, once home to Finkl Steel, which could become the springboard of Chicago's manufacturing future.

Chicago Police Union Reacts to IPRA Release of Videos, Audio

| Meredith Francis

Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority has begun posting audio and video from police misconduct investigations. We hear what the head of the police union has to say about it.

Alzheimer’s Researchers Cautiously Optimistic in Fight Against Dementia

High hopes in the search to reverse or prevent Alzheimer’s disease. We'll tell you about two important medical studies being conducted in Chicago.

Delmark Records an Encore for Local Jazz, Blues Enthusiast Bob Koester

The legendary owner of a storied Chicago record store is back in business after a very brief retirement. 

Astronomer Mike Brown on Discovery of 9th Planet, Killing Pluto

He's best known for having killed Pluto, but astronomer Mike Brown may have found a replacement planet in the outer reaches of our solar system and it forms the basis of a new Adler Planetarium show.

For Englewood Residents, Whole Foods Offers Optimism, Revitalization

A Whole Foods is under construction in Englewood at the corner of Halsted and 63rd Streets.

It's still months away from opening, but a new Whole Foods store in the beleaguered Englewood community has given residents and local entrepreneurs a lot to look forward to.

Photographer Art Fox Shares ‘Broken Journey’ of Migratory Birds

Canada warbler. (Art Fox)

The long voyage of some migratory birds ends in Chicago. How photographer Art Fox is raising awareness of what's called "window kill" at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Despite Fundraising Efforts, Future of Historic Church Remains Bleak

Historic St. Adalbert Church on Chicago's South Side is the latest casualty of a declining Catholic congregation and expensive upkeep. But could its listing by a preservation group give it new life?

Chicago's Latino Artists in Spotlight as Biennial Conference Kicks Off

Work by Josue Pellot featured in the "Present Standard" exhibition.

A major citywide exhibition of local Latino artists coincides with a biennial conference of international art scholars held for the first time in Chicago.

Chicago Leads in 3-D Manufacturing Tech

In recent years there's been a modest resurgence in America's manufacturing sector but some economists believe the U.S. will never again be the manufacturing powerhouse it once was. However, new technologies, especially 3-D printing, are what some say will transform American industry and Chicago is getting on board. 

CTU Delegates Vote in Favor of April 1 ‘Day of Action’

The Chicago school board is served with a walkout notice by the teachers union on the same day the board sues the Illinois State Charter School Commission. 

Gov. Rauner Calls for Post-Primary Negotiations

Nearly a week after the Illinois primary election, Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday he has not received any commitment from House Speaker Michael Madigan to resume negotiations on a state budget for what remains of the current fiscal year. 

Studio Gang-Designed Writers Theatre Opens in Glencoe

Glencoe's Writers Theatre (Steve Hall (c) Hedrich Blessing)

The curtain is going up on one of the most highly anticipated new theater complexes in the Chicago area, and it’s ready to put on a show. And the show begins outside the building. 

Photographs by Art Fox Capture Ill-Fated Flights of Migratory Birds

The long voyage of many migratory birds sometimes ends in Chicago. What one photographer is doing to raise awareness of window kill and light disorientation.

Voters at South Side Precinct Sound Off on Local, National Elections

The Greater Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church at 59th Street and Wabash Avenue is the polling place for the 12th Precinct of the 20th Ward. It's in the Washington Park neighborhood, a largely low-income, African-American community. It's also within Democratic State Rep. Ken Dunkin's 5th Legislative District.

Construction Work Begins on Western-Belmont Viaduct

A half-century old, much traveled viaduct in Chicago is about to be torn down. But will the plan to replace it really improve traffic conditions?

Studio Gang-Designed Writers Theatre Set to Open

Glencoe's Writers Theatre (Steve Hall (c) Hedrich Blessing)

The curtain is about to go up on a highly anticipated new theater on the North Shore designed by renowned architect Jeanne Gang. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the space.

O'Hare Noise Complaint Advocates Meet with Mayor

City and suburban residents have demanded that the Chicago Department of Aviation take steps to address the problem of O'Hare noise and today Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with members of one community group. Eddie Arruza has more on that meeting.

Interim Superintendent Escalante Addresses Chicago’s Recent Spike in Violence

Less than two weeks into the new year, Chicago has already had a dramatic spike in violence. This morning, Chicago's interim police superintendent said he is frustrated at the city's ongoing violent crime, calling it a daunting issue for his beleaguered police force. Eddie Arruza has the story.

Western-Belmont Flyover to be Demolished

Improvements to Start in February, Wrap Up Summer 2017

After several years of delays, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) says it will demolish the viaduct at the intersection of Western, Belmont and Clybourn avenues and create a new street-grade roadway. But will the new plan to replace it improve traffic conditions? Eddie Arruza has the story.

Arne Duncan Addresses Gun Violence in Final Speech as Education Secretary

Arne Duncan

The former head of the Chicago Public Schools gives an emotional final speech in Chicago as U.S. Secretary of Education. The subject of his talk and where he gave it may hint at his future.