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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


Bill Proposes New Fees On Uber, Lyft To Pay For McCormick Place Expansion

McCormick Place leaders are pitching a major expansion to Illinois state lawmakers — funded in part by rideshare customers.


Pritzker Vows To Start Veterans’ Home Rebuild This Year

Illinois’ governor promises to follow through on a rebuild of the state veterans’ home where Legionnaires’ has contributed to 14 deaths.


JB Pritzker Finally Reveals Graduated Income Tax Plan

For the first time, Gov. JB Pritzker is releasing his plan for what Illinois residents should pay in personal income taxes.


Madigan’s Aide Accused Of ‘Sexual Harassment And/Or Assault’

A court filing includes a newly detailed harassment claim and alleged blacklisting.


What To Expect From Pritzker’s First Illinois State Budget Plan

Gov. Pritzker is expected to call for more money for schools and the state’s vastly underfunded pensions. Still unknown: how to pay for it.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

Do Endorsements Matter?

Newspapers, unions, and even celebrities are throwing their weight — and in some cases, money — behind their choice for Chicago’s next mayor. This week, the WBEZ politics team digs in to a time-honored political tradition: endorsements. Do they still matter in 2019?


Illinois’ Minimum Wage Closer to Going Up

Illinois lawmakers have approved the raise. The bill now goes to Gov. JB Pritzker, who promised to raise the minimum wage in his campaign.


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.


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.


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.


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.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

The Election Is Over. Now What?

The people have spoken and the votes are in. Here’s what your new government looks like and what to expect going forward.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Morning Shift Podcast

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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