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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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New ‘Rape In Champaign’ Disclosure: State Braced For Senator’s ‘Extremely Negative Reaction’

A newly obtained email shows a former member of Gov. Pritzker’s cabinet was more aggressive in protecting a campaign worker than was known.

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Pritzker's Agriculture Secretary Resigns In Fallout From 'Rape In Champaign' Email

John Sullivan's resignation was announced Monday. He is the first state official to resign over the "rape in Champaign" email scandal.

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Champaign Co. Prosecutor: Multi-Agency Probe Launched Into Rape Email

State’s Attorney Julia Rietz told WBEZ Friday she’s working with state and federal authorities to probe an email mentioning “the rape in Champaign.”

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Gov. Pritzker Defends Actions After Discovering Email About ‘Rape In Champaign’

The 2012 email was written by a top ally to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

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House GOP Leader Calls For Hearings Into Madigan Ally’s ‘Shocking’ Rape Email

An email lauding a state worker for keeping "his mouth shut" about a "rape in Champaign" is "extremely serious and troubling," Madigan said Wednesday.

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An Email From A Powerful Former State Lobbyist Hints At A Rape Cover-Up

In an email obtained by WBEZ, a Michael Madigan ally urged top aides to then-Gov. Pat Quinn to avoid firing the favored worker.

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How Two Ex-ComEd Execs Helped Madigan Maintain Political Power

In 2016, two of ComEd’s former executives sued over legislative redistricting. Now they’re caught up in a federal probe into the utility.

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City Club President Resigns Amid Federal Corruption Probe

Jay Doherty's resignation Friday comes after WBEZ reported his connection to a ComEd lobbyist with ties to House Speaker Michael Madigan.

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Lightfoot Fires Top Cop, Accuses Him Of Lying To Her

The Chicago mayor boots police Superintendent Eddie Johnson just weeks before his scheduled retirement.

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Watchdog Probes How Lincoln Museum ‘Pimped Out’ Gettysburg Address To Glenn Beck

The state's watchdog got a tip that the museum had "pimped out" a copy of the Gettysburg Address to the conservative commentator.

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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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