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Stories by Eddie Arruza

Adler Planetarium Opens Vault, Reveals Astronomical Treasures

From Chicago’s first major telescope, to the most sophisticated scientific instrument of the 12th century, a look at some seen and unseen treasures at the Adler Planetarium.

Apollo 8 Astronauts Recount Historic Mission at ‘Rocket Men’ Book Launch

Commander Colonel Frank Borman leads the way as he, Command Module Pilot Captain James A Lovell Jr., and Lunar Module Pilot Major William A. Anders head to the launch pad for humanity’s maiden voyage around the moon and its first aboard the Saturn V vehicle, developed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. (Image credit: NASA)

The Apollo 8 astronauts reunite in Chicago as a new book by local author Robert Kurson celebrates the historic first human flight to the moon.

Election Officials: Early Voting Sets Record, Andrea Raila on Ballot

A record-setting early voting period did not extend through primary election day. A look at voter turnout in Chicago and the suburbs.

Early Voting Surges in Chicago and Suburban Cook County

“It used to be there was one day when you’d vote, and nowadays we’ve been voting for a long time,” said Cook County Clerk David Orr on Monday, March 19, 2018.

The Chicago Board of Elections says nearly 86,000 city residents cast ballots between Feb. 21 and March 18, surpassing the number of early voters in the 2010 and 2014 midterm primary elections combined. 

Kate Baldwin Celebrates Leonard Bernstein at Lyric Opera

Lyric Opera of Chicago marks the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein with a special concert this weekend featuring among others, the Broadway star, Tony Award nominee and Evanston native who joins us.

Assessor’s Office Officials in Hot Seat Over ‘Regressive’ System

Thomas Jaconetty speaks Thursday at a hearing.

After a highly critical independent report finds Cook County property taxes punish the poor, officials from the assessor’s office are put in the hot seat.

Flipping Out in Chicago on National Pancake Day

(Michael Stern / Flickr)

Chicago eateries are ready to sate your sweet tooth on National Pancake Day – and any other day of the year. Learn how some of the city’s artisan cakes are made, and get recipes for your own DIY batch.

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.