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
Welch replaces Michael J. Madigan as House Speaker, ending Madigan’s decades-long grip on power.
After decades in power, Madigan faced opposition to his 19th term as speaker in the wake of a federal corruption probe that has ensnared his close advisors.
With 60 votes needed, 51 House Dems chose Madigan, 18 went for state Rep. Ann Williams, and three for Rep. Stephanie Kifowit; next vote is Monday.
The legislative Black Caucus is pushing for criminal justice and education reform in the lame-duck session starting Friday.
Some Democrats suggested they were prepared to vote on an income tax hike after voters rejected the graduated tax proposal. Now they say no tax increase is happening.
The Republican nomination in the 2022 campaign for Illinois governor is a free-for-all, with many people considering a run.
Illinois’ long-serving secretary of state says he won’t be seeking reelection in 2022.
The governor flagged the reduction in the promised supply, but says the state got its first week of vaccines and will have enough for second shots in weeks to come.
Gov. JB Pritzker says the federal government has downsized estimates of how many vaccines the state will get in coming weeks, but says he’s reserving his frustration for now.
The deep cuts follow the failure of one of the Democrat’s main policy proposals: moving Illinois to a graduated income tax structure.