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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


Madigan Aide Fired After Harassment Claims Pushes Back Against Accuser

Kevin Quinn acknowledged in a memo that he sent “unprofessional” messages to a colleague, but partially blamed the #MeToo movement.


Legionnaires’ Crisis Spurs Stack Of Bills Headed To Rauner’s Desk

Gov. Bruce Rauner is being asked to sign eight bills spurred by WBEZ’s reporting into Legionnaires’ disease at a state veterans’ home.


3 Crazy Things That Just Happened In Illinois Politics

Blagojevich goes from "you're fired" to maybe "you're commuted," Rauner's OK with the budget, and another harassment claim in Springfield.


Three Things To Watch Before Illinois Lawmakers Head Home

Money, guns and Legionnaires’ disease. Three things we’re watching in Springfield before lawmakers adjourn for the summer.


Documents: Rauner’s Own Administration Critical Of Legionnaires’ Notification

Rauner’s Veterans’ Affairs Department says it properly notified staff of a deadly Legionnaires’ outbreak. His Labor Department disagrees.


Rauner Urges $245M Fix To Troubled Quincy Vets’ Home

After a WBEZ investigation, Rauner wants lawmakers to replace the home where 13 residents have died of Legionnaires’ since 2015.


Top Rauner Aide Suggested Blaming Duckworth For Legionnaires’ Deaths

The idea was floated in an email from Rauner’s deputy chief of staff. “I’m not going to dignify that email from her,” Duckworth says.


IL Veterans' Affairs Chief To Resign Amid Quincy Legionnaires' Scandal

The head of the agency that oversees a state-run veterans’ home plagued by Legionnaires’ disease is resigning.


Bill Could Award Legionnaires’ Victims’ Families $2M From State

The measure comes after a WBEZ investigation into a troubled downstate veterans’ home that saw 13 people die from the disease since 2015.


Casino Sale Raises Questions About A Windfall - Or A Conflict - For Pritzker

The proposed sale of an Illinois casino may mean more than $3M for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate and free him of potential conflicts of interest.


The Legionnaires’ Emails Rauner Doesn’t Want Lawmakers To See

See what Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration redacted when Legionnaires’-related emails were released to lawmakers.


Rauner, Pritzker Win Primaries In Illinois Governor's Race

The race for Illinois governor is on pace to become the costliest such campaign in U.S. history.


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.

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