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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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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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Subpoena Issued For Campaign Records In 13th Ward Aldermanic Race

A Cook County grand jury issued a subpoena into the petition challenge of a failed aldermanic candidate against Ald. Marty Quinn.

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Illinois State Senator Pleads Not Guilty To Embezzlement Charges

Illinois state Sen. Tom Cullerton pleaded not guilty today on charges of embezzling more than $274,000 from the Teamsters.

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Trump’s Idea Of Freeing Blagojevich Draws Bipartisan Fire In Illinois

Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One he is seriously considering commuting the prison term of Illinois’ ex-governor, Rod Blagojevich.

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Feds Subpoena Illinois Election Board For Chicago Ald. Carrie Austin’s Political Disclosures

FBI, federal prosecutors wanted all records of the alderman’s Democratic ward organization and two other political committees.

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Feds: Illinois State Sen. Thomas Cullerton Charged In Teamsters 'Scheme'

Sen. Thomas Cullerton, D-Villa Park, is accused of receiving more than $274,000 in payments and benefits from Teamsters Joint Council 25.

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Politically Connected Ex-Teamsters Boss Pleads Guilty, Cooperating With Feds

John Coli Sr., a powerful early backer of former Mayor Rahm Emanuel, was accused of shaking down the head of a Chicago film studio.

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Ex- Chicago Union Boss To Plead Guilty In Film Studio Kickback Scheme

Former Chicago-area union boss John Coli Sr. is scheduled to plead guilty Tuesday after facing federal charges of extortion and tax fraud.

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Pritzker Signs Abortion-Rights Bill With Vow: ‘We Trust Women’

Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker says the bill makes the state "a national leader" in protecting reproductive rights.

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10 Things Springfield Just Did That Will Affect Your Life

From pot legalization to massive infrastructure plans, the session just ending went big for change.

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