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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

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Labor Union To Consider Strike Over Impasse With Rauner

About 36,000 Illinois state employees are going to vote on whether to strike. If they do, the strike would not occur immediately.

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Rauner: Democrats' Economic Agenda A 'Major Breakthrough'

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan introduced his own agenda - which includes reducing the corporate income tax rate.

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Obama Revisited: Father's Day 2008

As Obama leaves office, WBEZ is talking with those who saw some of his major speeches. Today: his 2008 speech on fatherhood in Woodlawn.

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Madigan Unveils New Economic Agenda

Rep. Michael Madigan outlined his legislative priorities as a major of House members elected him to a 17th term as House speaker.

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Illinois Employees Union Wants To Restart Contract Negotiations With Governor

The governor’s office argues that the two sides are so far apart they’re at an impasse.

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Illinois Lawmakers Hopeful Of Senate Budget Plan

The proposal includes term limits on legislative leaders, a statewide property tax freeze and a Chicago casino.

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What You Can Expect Out Of Springfield During This Week’s Lame Duck Session

Lame duck Illinois state lawmakers are back in Springfield Monday before the winners from November’s election are sworn in later this week.

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Illinois State Rep Steps Down After Winning Re-election

Monique Davis spent 29 years as a state representative. She submitted her resignation less than two months after winning re-election.

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Chicago Alderman Becomes First Dem To Announce Gubernatorial Bid

Ald. Ameya Pawar says he wants to tackle income inequality and advocate for universal daycare.

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Chicago Mayor Releases 1000s Of Emails From Private Accounts

Emanuel's office is making public any messages pertaining to city business that were sent to and from Emanuel. The messages date to 2011.

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With No State Budget, Domestic Violence Programs Worry About Future

The service providers could face a cash crunch as state aid is set to expire.

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Illinois Republicans Start Attack Ads Against Potential Gubernatorial Candidate

The ad focuses on JB Pritzker, who has said he's thought about running for governor in 2018, but hasn't officially declared his candidacy.

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Illinois House GOP Leader: Democrats ‘Still Reeling’ After Election

The top Illinois House Republican claimed the “tension is a lot stronger” in Springfield since the election.

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Rauner Defends Canceling Leaders Meeting As Budget Deadline Looms

Negotiations over a new state budget have come to a screeching halt.

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Gov. Rauner Abruptly Cancels Meeting Over State Budget With Dems

In a statement, Rauner’s spokesman says if Democrats want a budget then they need to come to the next meeting with a proposal. Instead, he says they’ve been unprepared.

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Rauner To Emanuel: 'Let's Stay Mature'

Rauner said politicians need to tone down their rhetoric a day after he vetoed state aid to Chicago Public Schools.

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Illinois State Leaders Finish Up Last Session Of The Year

But they made little progress during the brief session and the stakes of political inaction continue to rise.

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Rauner Vetoes $215M Pension Payment For Cash-Strapped CPS

Senate President John Cullerton said Rauner "has potentially forced the layoff of thousands of Chicago teachers and district employees."

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Rauner Made More Than $188 Million In 2015

Rauner's tax returns show he made more than three times as much money in 2015 than he did in 2014.

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Challenger Yet To Concede In State Senate Race

The race between Tom Cullerton and Seth Lewis was one of the most expensive campaigns for Springfield -- and one of the closest.

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