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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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Pritzker: McCormick Place Will Be Fully Converted Into A COVID-19 Field Hospital By The End Of April

The plan puts 3,000 beds at McCormick Place and outfits facilities in Elgin and Blue Island

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Illinois Governor Expands Relief Programs As COVID-19 Deaths Jump

Pritzker expands the state food, homeless and child care programs as the COVID-19 death toll reaches 34.

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COVID-19 Cases Race Higher As Illinois Awaits Billions In Federal Relief

New cases are now accumulating at a staggering pace of one nearly every two minutes.

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Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker Postpones Tax-Filing Deadline As COVID-19 Chaos Worsens

Besides a tax-filing extension, Pritzker offers $90 million in small-business aid as Illinois COVID-19 fatalities more than triple since Saturday

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Pritzker: Virus Could Have Swamped Hospitals By Next Week If Not For The Stay At Home Order

Illinois could have exhausted its supply of hospital beds, intensive-care space and ventilators by next week if not for business and school closures and a stay at home order.

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Stymied By The Feds, The Pritzker Administration Secures COVID-19 Gear On Its Own

The state purchased millions of masks urgently needed by health care workers on the COVID-19 frontlines.

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‘I Don’t Come To This Decision Easily’: Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker Issues A ‘Stay At Home’ Order

The governor orders nonessential workers and residents to stay home as COVID-19 cases continue to swell.

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March 19: Total Number of COVID-19 Cases Reaches 422 In Illinois

The governor points to an "exponential" 47% spike in cases from Wednesday as more Illinoisans get tests.

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As COVID-19 Cases Climb, Governor Promises More Testing Capacity

State officials announced 128 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, and cautioned the numbers will only continue to rise.

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Jim Oberweis Claims Victory, Will Take On Freshman Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood

Dairy magnate Jim Oberweis and State Sen. Sue Rezin were among the best-known candidates in a field of more than half a dozen.

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Election Day: Polling Problems, Political Squabbling, But Better Turnout Than Feared Amid Coronavirus

The governor's office said it was "disgusted" by a Chicago election official's complaint that Tuesday's voting wasn't postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. But low turnout not as low as some feared it could be.

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With 7 New COVID-19 Cases, Governor Cancels Large Gatherings

Gov. JB Pritzker cancels gatherings of more than 1,000 people and major sports events. He’s also closing the Thompson Center.

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Cook County Commissioner Tobolski Resigns Amid Federal Corruption Probe

Tobolski hasn’t been charged, though the FBI raided his suburban office last fall and recently indicted his top aide.

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State Board Director Grilled Over Hiring Worker Mentioned In ‘Rape In Champaign’ Email

A state budget hearing Wednesday got heated over a state law enforcement board's decision to hire a politically-connected contractor.

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Emails Show ComEd Lobbyist’s Deep Impact In Madigan’s Inner Circle

Speaker’s top aide and utility’s chief advocate in Springfield discussed finding jobs at the power company for former aides.

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Released From Prison

President Trump commuted Rod Blagojevich's sentence Tuesday. The disgraced ex-governor will have a "homecoming press conference" Wednesday.

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Another Illinois Lawmaker Wants Ban On Divorce Lawyers Getting I-Pass Data

A second proposal has been introduced in Springfield to ban divorce attorneys from seeing location data attached to I-Pass transponders.

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Former Local Feds Troubled By Trump’s Roger Stone Tweets And DOJ Response

Former federal prosecutors in Chicago expressed confidence that U.S. Attorney John Lausch will protect the integrity of local probes.

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Chicago Feds Now Investigating ‘Rape In Champaign’ Email: Source

The feds’ interest represents a new potential avenue of their probe into a once-powerful Springfield lobbyist who’s already facing scrutiny.

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Ex-State Rep. Arroyo Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Bribery Charge

The Chicago Democrat is charged with offering a bribe to an unnamed state senator in order to win favor for a lobbying client.

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