Tony has a B.A. in American Studies from Miami University. He previously worked at WNIJ in DeKalb, IL and WMUB in Oxford, OH. His first job in journalism was as a stringer, recording stats for local high school sports.
Stories by Tony Arnold
Replacing coal and natural gas with renewable energy is just the beginning of what’s in a massive bill passed by Illinois lawmakers.
Environmentalists and labor unions unite behind the bill to halt carbon emissions by 2050 and save several nuclear plants — but at a cost to consumers.
Exelon says it will close its Byron nuclear plant Sept. 13 without legislative approval of new ratepayer subsidies totaling $694 million.
But lawmakers couldn’t cut a deal with Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker on a major clean-energy package and stumbled on ethics reforms.
A debate over whether — or when — to phase out coal in Illinois is contributing to a political stalemate holding up a major energy package.
Republicans are accusing Democrats of attempting to gerrymander state districts, while community members say they don’t have enough input.
The bill would ensure exiting lawmakers wait six months before lobbying. But Pritzker said it limited the executive inspectors general and wants that changed.
Illinois’ vaccine mandate applies to all public and private school employees, as well as health care workers, as the unvaccinated crowd hospitals.
Sources: A Vaccine Mandate For Illinois School Workers Is Coming, Along With A Statewide Mask Mandate
Sources say all public and private K-12 school employees plus higher education workers will have to get vaccinated under Gov. JB Pritzker’s plan.
After WBEZ surveyed the vaccination status of every Illinois state lawmaker, 30 still have not revealed whether they are inoculated against COVID-19.