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Tony Arnold

Tony Arnold

State Politics Reporter

Tony Arnold covers Illinois state politics for WBEZ. His investigations have ranged from the multiple Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks at the Quincy veterans’ home that resulted in the deaths of more than a dozen residents, to documenting an increase in the deaths of children who had contact with Illinois’ child welfare system. He’s also covered the unprecedented two-year state budget impasse, Chicago mayoral elections, national political conventions, and he’s edited the daily news desk. He’s won numerous Illinois AP and Peter Lisagor awards for his reporting. 
 
Tony has a B.A. in American Studies from Miami University. He’s 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.

Recent Stories

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Gov.-Elect Pritzker Vows To Settle Suits From Quincy Legionnaires’ Families

Pritzker says he plans to settle lawsuits from the families of those who died of Legionnaires’ at the state-run Quincy veterans’ home.

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Rauner ‘Scared’ For Illinois After Losing Re-Election Bid

In his first press conference since losing re-election to Pritzker, Rauner said he’s scared of the direction Democrats will take Illinois.

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Lawmaker Sorry For Saying She’d Like Republican’s Family To Die

The Democrat’s harsh rebuttal came during a debate on a bill that could mean higher legal payouts to Quincy Legionnaires’ victims’ families.

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Legionnaires’ Victims’ Families Could Be Awarded Up To $2 Million

Families suing Illinois over the death of their loved ones at the Quincy veterans’ home could now win a lot more money.

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JB Pritzker Wins Illinois Governor’s Race

In one of the most expensive governor’s races in history, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner suffered a resounding defeat to Democrat JB Pritzker.

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Senators Call For Resignation As Quincy Criminal Subpoena Surfaces

Calls for the director’s ouster come as grand jury subpoena hits public health department for patient records, notification policies.

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State Health Official: Quincy Legionnaires’ Crisis A ‘Mess’ Fueled By Rauner’s PR Team

New emails show further proof Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office restricted notification about deadly outbreaks at Quincy veterans’ home.

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Rauner’s Health Officials Knew About Legionnaires’ ‘Broth’ Mistake In Quincy

Newly released emails show the state skipped citing Quincy vets’ home in 2015 for a botched repair that may have fueled a deadly outbreak.

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Attorney General Hopefuls Differ On Future Of Quincy Legionnaires’ Probe

The next attorney general will have to decide whether to continue the probe into Legionnaires’-related deaths at a state veterans’ home.

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State Criminal Probe Into Legionnaires’ Deaths Escalates

Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office: ‘Governor’s staff’ should want to “get to the bottom” of whether crimes led to veterans’ Legionnaires’ deaths.

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Flint On Rauner Team’s Mind As Legionnaire Cases Mount

Documents show members of Gov. Rauner’s administration were passing around reports on how Michigan handled Legionnaire’s cases.

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JB Pritzker's $161M Campaign

The billionaire Democratic candidate for Illinois governor has given more than $160 million to his own campaign.

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JB Pritzker's $161M Campaign

The billionaire Democratic candidate for Illinois governor has given more than $160 million to his own campaign.

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Staffers’ Lawsuit Alleges Racial Discrimination Within Pritzker’s Campaign

Field workers, nine black and one Latina, claim Pritzker’s campaign is a “cesspool” of racial conflict. Pritzker denies the allegations.

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We Asked The Illinois Governor Candidates 18 Yes Or No Questions

Only one completely followed the directions.

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‘Sorry For Your Loss’: Rauner Apologizes To Legionnaires’ Families In Final Debate

Gov. Bruce Rauner clashed with Democratic Challenger JB Pritzker during their final debate before the Nov. 6 election.

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Before Debate, Quincy Legionnaires’ Families Gather To Reflect

After telling their stories to WBEZ, families of Legionnaires’ disease victims at the Quincy veterans’ home shift blame to Gov. Rauner.

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'It Does Not Stop With Van Dyke': Activists Call For More Political Change

“The whole damn system is guilty as hell!” the crowd chanted in front of the main entrance to City Hall.

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Pritzker’s Toilet Tax Break ‘In The Hands Of’ Special Prosecutions Unit

Cook County’s top prosecutor wades into spat over Democratic gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker’s questionable property tax appeal.

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