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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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A Criminal Probe Into ComEd Is Rattling Illinois Politics. Here’s What You Need To Know.

The federal criminal investigation into ComEd and Exelon’s lobbying and hiring is touching some of Illinois’ most powerful pols.

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Illinois Senate President Cullerton Stuns Springfield With Retirement Announcement

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton had a “deal” with his wife to leave power after a decade as the No. 1 Senate Dem, his aide says.

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ComEd ‘Shadow Lobbying’ Portfolio Filled With Clouted Contractors, Hires

With ComEd’s contracting under federal investigation, WBEZ finds the utility hired numerous politically connected people and contractors.

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Former Madigan Aides, Political Allies Power ComEd’s Springfield Lobbying

Most firms representing the embattled power company in Springfield boast close ties to the state Democratic boss.

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Amid Federal Probe, City Club Leader Ends Work For ComEd

Jay Doherty disclosed Monday that he’s no longer working as a lobbyist for the giant power company.

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ComEd Cuts Ties With Lobbying Firm Of Prominent Chicago Alderman

Ald. Gilbert Villegas, Jr.’s company had a deal with the power company, which is facing a federal criminal probe.

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Facing Bribery Charge, Rep. Luis Arroyo Resigns From Illinois House

Arroyo is facing a federal corruption charge for allegedly trying to bribe a state senator.

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Exelon Downplays Corruption Probe's Impact, Even As It Reveals SEC Investigation

Reeling from a federal probe into ComEd’s lobbying practices, Exelon CEO Chris Crane downplayed any possible fallout on Wall Street.

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Trump Rails Against Chicago’s Top Cop While Visiting City

Trump repeatedly criticized Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who boycotted the president’s Chicago speech.

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Despite Federal Heat, City Club Chairman Says President Will Stay: “Why Not?”

The president of the prominent civic group didn't answer reporters' questions about his involvement in a federal corruption probe.

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Source: Feds Focus On Clout Hires At ComEd, Leader Of Chicago’s City Club

The feds are investigating whether ComEd hired politically connected employees and consultants in exchange for favorable government actions.

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Judge Orders Quincy Legionnaires’ Criminal Subpoenas To Be Kept Secret

The subpoenas went to two government agencies, but Illinois’ attorney general asked that they be sealed.

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Pritzker Wants Sandoval Out As Transportation Chairman

Gov. JB Pritzker wants Sen. Martin Sandoval to step down from his committee chairmanship after the feds raided his offices last week.

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Illinois Senate President Withholds Key Details Of Raid On State Senator

State Sen. John Cullerton released a search warrant on the FBI raid of Sen. Martin Sandoval’s office, but Cullerton concealed most details.

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Sources: Feds Also Raided Contractor With Close Ties to Sen. Sandoval

Authorities raided a northwest suburban company on the same day they hit the offices of the Democratic state senator.

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AG Advances Criminal Probe Into Deadly Quincy Legionnaires’ Outbreaks

A grand jury wants documents relating to the mistaken release of legionella-laden water into the state-run facility’s water supply in 2015.

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FBI Agents Hit Village Halls In Lyons, McCook And Summit

The FBI confirms it raided village halls in southwest suburban McCook and Lyons on Thursday.

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Why The Illinois Tollway Is Turning Over Your I-Pass Data To Cops And Lawyers

One veteran divorce lawyer said there’s a “treasure trove” of data available to anyone who can file a lawsuit and write a subpoena.

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State’s ‘Lowball’ Settlement Offers ‘Insult’ Quincy Legionnaires’ Families

Illinois lawmakers OK’d up to $2 million payouts, but the attorney general has offered as little as one-tenth of that to settle lawsuits.

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Report: Bullying Pervasive In Illinois House Speaker Madigan’s Office

A new report details a culture of bullying and sexual harassment within Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office.

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