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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 Signs Abortion-Rights Bill With Vow: ‘We Trust Women’

Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker says the bill makes the state "a national leader" in protecting reproductive rights.

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10 Things Springfield Just Did That Will Affect Your Life

From pot legalization to massive infrastructure plans, the session just ending went big for change.

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Pritzker’s ‘Historic’ Legislative Session

A state budget, a major gambling expansion, a huge infrastructure package and a bill to legalize pot are all on their way to the governor.

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Illinois Gambling Expansion Bill Could Mean Huge Chicago Casino

The bill would also allow for slot machines at O’Hare and Midway Airports, and would legalize sports betting.

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Illinois Poised To Become 11th State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

The bill awaits final approval from the governor, who supports it. Adults over 21 could use cannabis recreationally starting next year.

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Lightfoot Opposes Chicago Restaurant Tax For McCormick Expansion

The proposal would impose a 1% tax on restaurants in certain neighborhoods in order to expand the city’s convention center.

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McCormick Place Expansion Could Mean More Restaurant Taxes

State lawmakers consider imposing a tax on some Chicago restaurants in order to help pay for the convention center’s expansion.

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Illinois Senate Advances Legalized Recreational Marijuana

The bill would let Illinoisans over 21 buy pot starting next year. It would also help expunge some pot convictions.

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Illinois Graduated Income Tax Plan Headed To Voters In 2020

Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker's plan for a sliding-scale income tax got final approval from lawmakers Monday. Now it's up to voters.

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Pritzker Calls For ‘Expeditious’ Settlement Of Legionnaires’ Lawsuits

With victims’ families’ cases still pending, the governor goes to Quincy and says he’s ‘encouraged’ attorney general to resolve them.

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Illinois Gov. Pritzker Looks To Tax, Fee Hikes For $41.5B Capital Bill

The governor would pay for the infrastructure projects with a host of tax and fee hikes on everything from booze to Netflix to gasoline.

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Relatives of Legionnaires’ Victims Still Await ‘Justice’ From Pritzker, Raoul

JB Pritzker campaigned on getting justice for victims’ families. But now that he’s governor, some are still awaiting closure.

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Unclear If Audit Of Sexual Harassment Complaints In Speaker Madigan’s Office Will Be Public

An audit of sexual harassment complaints in Madigan’s office could cost up to $1.4 million.

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What’s In Illinois’ Sweeping Plan To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

The 522-page proposal would let adults over 21 start buying cannabis from state-licensed dispensaries starting next year.

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Former Chicago-Area Union Boss To Change Not Guilty Plea In Fed Corruption Case

Ex-Teamsters boss John Coli faces corruption charges in a case that’s also prompted investigation into a state lawmaker.

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Tie Legalized Sports Betting To Chicago Casino, City Says

A city lobbyist told Illinois lawmakers Thursday that any effort to legalize sports gambling should be tied to a city-run Chicago casino.

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State Graduated Income Tax Proposal Clears Key Hurdle In Illinois Senate

Over GOP objections, Gov. JB Pritzker’s plan to overhaul the way the state taxes income now heads to the Democratic-led Illinois House.

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Pritzker Appointee Leaves Key Quincy Legionnaires’ Questions Unanswered

Acting veterans’ affairs head avoids answering basic questions on water testing and notification protocols at state vets’ home.

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Illinois Gov. Pritzker: ‘No Concerns At All’ About Feds’ Property Tax Probe

A law enforcement source tells WBEZ federal investigators are looking into dubious property tax appeals on one of the Pritzkers’ mansions.

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Source: Feds Probe Illinois Gov. Pritzker, First Lady For Property Tax Appeals

The investigation looks at the Pritzkers’ efforts to get a big tax break by removing the toilets from a Gold Coast mansion.

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