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Tony Arnold

Tony Arnold

State Politics Reporter

As WBEZ’s Illinois politics reporter, Tony Arnold spends his days covering the government officials who have to commute the three and a half hours on I-55 from Chicago to Springfield. Tony started at WBEZ in 2006 as an intern and over the course of his career has won awards for his coverage of a range of topics, from Illinois’ ban of horse slaughter for human consumption to abandoned corporate campuses in Chicago’s suburbs to the problems facing Illinois’ underfunded pension systems.

Tony’s first job was as a high school sports stringer for his hometown newspaper, The Lima News, in Lima, Ohio. Since then, he’s filed stories for WNIJ in DeKalb, IL, WMUB in Oxford, OH, and several newspapers around Northwest Ohio. Tony has a B.A. in American Studies from Miami University. He and his wife live in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood.

Recent Stories


State Health Chief Calls His Email About Legionnaires’ Death ‘Insensitive’

Illinois’ public health director says his email reaction to the son of a grieving Legionnaires’ victim is “not something I’m proud of.”


Read Some Of The Legionnaires’ Emails Rauner Is Fighting To Keep Secret

WBEZ obtained 1,400 emails between state and public health officials. Some discuss how to spin a deadly Legionnaires’ outbreak.


Lawmaker Rips Rauner On Legionnaires' Response At Vets' Home

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced late Tuesday that another case has been diagnosed, the fourth in a week.


Rauner: Pension, Health Overhaul Needed To Balance Budget

Gov. Bruce Rauner said he could balance the Illinois budget and cut taxes with massive pension and health insurance benefit changes.


4 Things To Listen For In Governor’s Budget Speech

Deja vu all over again? Illinois lawmakers, wary of another budget impasse, look ahead to Wednesday’s annual budget speech.

WBEZ Updates

Democrats Mock Governor During State Of State Address

Democrats mocked Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner during his State of the State Address today.


4 Things To Listen For In Governor’s State Of The State Speech

Turnarounds, talking points, education, and money. Listen for what Gov. Bruce Rauner says in Wednesday’s speech — and how he says it.

Illinois Elections 2018

Kennedy’s Debate D’oh And Rauner’s Back Porch

Chris Kennedy wouldn’t compliment J.B. Pritzker on the debate stage — and he regrets it. We analyze that story and the week in politics.


Gov. Rauner Replaces Longtime DCFS Watchdog

Denise Kane has been highly critical of the agency’s former director leading up to his resignation amid a corruption scandal last year.


Rauner Cabinet Defends Legionnaires’ Response, Disputes Victims’ Families

At a hearing, members of Gov. Rauner's cabinet defended their response to a series of Legionnaires’ outbreaks at a state-run veterans’ home.

WBEZ Updates

After WBEZ Investigation, Secretary Of State Seeks To Lift Cap On Negligence Payouts

After a WBEZ investigation, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White wants to lift a cap on how much the state has to pay out to families of veterans in negligence lawsuits.


‘It’s A Crime’: Illinois Cap On Legionnaires’ Payouts Lowest In U.S.

The $100,000 maximum went into place decades ago. A top state official wants to remove it after an outbreak at a veterans’ home in Quincy.

WBEZ Updates

Public Health Department Head Defends 6-Day Wait Before Announcing Legionnaires' Outbreak At Quincy Vets' Home

The head of Illinois’ public health department is defending his decision to wait six days before announcing the 2015 epidemic of Legionnaires’ disease at a veterans home in Quincy.

WBEZ Updates

Durbin Says He Doesn't Think State-Run Vets' Home That's Struggled With Legionnaires' Outbreaks Should Close

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin now says he does not believe the state-run veterans’ home in Quincy should close. That’s even though it’s struggled with persistent Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks.


Risk Of Legionnaires’ ‘Cannot Be Eliminated’ At Quincy Veterans’ Home, CDC Reports

Federal health authorities warned Thursday that the state-run veterans’ home in Illinois where 13 people have died of Legionnaires’ disease may never be clear of the bacteria that causes the sometimes fatal illness, and more cases could be inevitable.

WBEZ Updates

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Bob Daiber Releases Tax Returns

Another candidate for Illinois governor is making public his income tax returns.


Illinois First Lady To Join Rauner At Vets’ Home With Legionnaires’ History

Illinois’ first lady will join the governor as he spends “several days” at the Illinois Veterans Home in downstate Quincy.

WBEZ Updates

Public Health Expert Says It's 'Mind Boggling' that Illinois' Public Health Department Waited 6 Days To Publicize Legionnaires' Outbreak

A public health expert says it’s 'mind boggling' that Illinois’ public health department waited six days to publicize a 2015 outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at a veterans' home in Quincy.

WBEZ Updates

Rauner Says He Would 'Absolutely' Drink Water At State-Run Facility That Had Repeated Legionnaire's Outbreaks

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he would “absolutely” drink the water at the state-run veterans home that had repeated outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease.


Email Shows State Waited 6 Days To Publicize Legionnaires’ Outbreak

Emails obtained by WBEZ show officials waited six days to publicize a deadly Legionnaires’ outbreak, which an expert calls 'mind-boggling.'

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