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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


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.


Gov. Rauner Replaces Longtime DCFS Watchdog

Denise Kane has been highly critical of the agency’s former director leading up to his resignation amid a corruption scandal last year.


Rauner Cabinet Defends Legionnaires’ Response, Disputes Victims’ Families

At a hearing, members of Gov. Rauner's cabinet defended their response to a series of Legionnaires’ outbreaks at a state-run veterans’ home.

WBEZ Updates

After WBEZ Investigation, Secretary Of State Seeks To Lift Cap On Negligence Payouts

After a WBEZ investigation, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White wants to lift a cap on how much the state has to pay out to families of veterans in negligence lawsuits.


‘It’s A Crime’: Illinois Cap On Legionnaires’ Payouts Lowest In U.S.

The $100,000 maximum went into place decades ago. A top state official wants to remove it after an outbreak at a veterans’ home in Quincy.

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