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John Gold, self-employed graphics designer, poses at a farmer's market outside his office in Portland, Maine, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (AP Photo / Charles Krupa)

As sign-up season starts on Friday, the Affordable Care Act has shown remarkable resiliency, but it has also fallen short of expectations. Even many Democrats want to move on.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks about the Chicago Teachers Union strike during a press conference at City Hall on Thursday morning, Oct. 31, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago Public Schools students will return to class Friday following the district’s longest teachers strike in more than 30 years. What finally brought an end to the 11-day standoff. 

Honeycrisp apples are among the six varieties of apples being recalled due to possible listeria contamination.  (Keagiles via Wikimedia Commons)

More than 2,000 cases of apples shipped to eight states, including Illinois, have been recalled because of possible listeria contamination. Affected varieties include Honeycrisp, Fuji and Red Delicious. 

In this April 23, 2014 file photo, a man smokes an electronic cigarette in Chicago. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh, File)

Nearly 40 people across the country have died from vaping-related illnesses, including three in Illinois, according to state and federal health officials. 

A Chicago Department of Public Health sign warns passersby about hazardous materials at a 67-acre property west of Wolf Lake at 126th Place and Avenue O. (Alex Ruppenthal / WTTW News)

A 67-acre Southeast Side site served as a dumping ground for Republic Steel for nearly 30 years. Inspection records show the property is contaminated with lead, cyanide, mercury and other potentially harmful pollutants. 

Watch the Oct. 31, 2019 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Byron Nuclear Generating Station in Ogle County, Illinois. (Christopher Peterson / Wikimedia Commons)

The Securities and Exchange Commission has opened an investigation of Exelon and ComEd’s lobbying activities. The U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago also is probing the lobbying practices of the two companies in Illinois. 

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks to reporters just before the House vote on a resolution to formalize the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump, in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats swept a rules package for their impeachment probe of President Donald Trump through a divided House on Thursday. The chamber’s vote highlighted the partisan breach the issue has only deepened.

The Chicago Bears (3-4) take on the Philadelphia Eagles (4-4) on Sunday in a rematch of last season’s playoff game. Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams gives us a preview.

Mickey Alice Kwapis

Mickey Alice Kwapis knows that she doesn’t fit most people’s idea of what a taxidermist looks like. And she is trying to change that.

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In a world in which scientific literacy is often lacking, the online platform is doing what it can to encourage “people-powered research.”

President Donald Trump departs O’Hare International Airport after speaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference and Exposition, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump has again broached the idea of freeing former Illinois governor and one-time “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant Rod Blagojevich from a Colorado federal prison, where he is in his seventh year of a 14-year prison term for political corruption.

In this Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 photo, Cook County State’s Attorney’s first facility dog Hatty is sworn in by Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx at the George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. (Camille Fine / Chicago Tribune via AP)

It was a real dog of a ceremony this week during a swearing-in at the state’s attorney’s office in Chicago.

Greg Matthew Anderson and Cher Álvarez in “A Doll’s House.” (Photo by Michael Brosilow)

There are many treats on Chicago stages these days. Theater critic Hedy Weiss joins us with her latest roundup.