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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

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Official Defends How State Handled Legionnaires' Cases In Veterans' Home

The head of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs is defending the state’s handling of multiple cases of Legionnaires’ disease at a downstate veterans’ home.

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3 Years, 13 Legionnaires’ Deaths At Illinois Veterans’ Home

Since 2015, 13 residents of a veterans’ home have died from Legionnaires’ disease. Eleven families are suing the state.

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Wealthiest Democratic Candidates For Illinois Release Tax Returns

On Monday, J.B. Pritzker and Chris Kennedy released parts of their recent tax returns.

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How 3 Women Want To Make Illinois’ Political Future Female

Want more women in positions of power? Raise more money, say the leaders of three new political action committees.

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Cook County Democratic Party Endorses State Senator Raoul

The Cook County Democratic Party made an official endorsement in the crowded primary for Illinois attorney general on Friday.

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Sexual Harassment Allegations Bring Up Question About Legislative Watchdog

A public allegation of sexual harassment against an Illinois state lawmaker has people wondering: Is there a watchdog over the legislature.

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Highland Park Mayor Announces Illinois Attorney General Run

The mayor of Highland Park is joining a crowded field of Democrats running for Illinois Attorney General.

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Illinois Lawmakers Consider Measure Mandating Annual Sexual Harassment Training For Staff

Illinois lawmakers will consider a measure that mandates legislators, their staff, and lobbyists complete yearly sexual harassment training.

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Women In Illinois Politics Speak About On-The-Job Sexual Harassment

Some women who work around Illinois politics and government are talking about their on-the-job experience with sexual harassment.

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Chris Kennedy Criticizes Other Democratic Candidates In Illinois Governor Race

A Democratic candidate for Illinois governor is making criticisms of his own party a hallmark of his campaign.

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Chicago Park District President Announces Illinois Attorney General Run

Chicago Park District President Jesse Ruiz announced Wednesday he’s running for Illinois Attorney General.

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Democratic Candidates For Governor Are Asked Opinions On House Speaker Michael Madigan

The Democratic candidates for Illinois governor are increasingly getting asked what they think of their own party’s leader, House Speaker Michael Madigan.

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Campaign Finance Reports Show Money Raised By Illinois Governor Candidates

Newly-released campaign finance reports show it’ll take a lot of money to be the next governor of Illinois.

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Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan Launches Website To Connect With Voters

Longtime Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is trying out a new way to connect with voters: the internet.

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Illinois Governor Names Third Chief Of Staff Since July

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner named yet another chief of staff on Friday — his third since July.

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Teacher Pension Manager: State Is Shorting Pension Payments Again

The manager of the underfunded pension account for teachers across Illinois is warning that the state government is once again shorting pension payments.

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Rauner Still Won’t Say If He’s Running For Re-election

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner still won’t say whether he will run for re-election.

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Illinois Republicans Split Over Abandoning Rauner After Abortion Bill

Illinois Republicans are split as to whether they should abandon Governor Bruce Rauner after he signed a controversial abortion bill into law.

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Blagojevich Defense Lawyer Running For Illinois Attorney General

One of the defense attorneys for Rod Blagojevich during the former governor’s corruption trial is running for Illinois attorney general.

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Order In The Court: Takeaways On Lisa Madigan’s Announcement

Will Madigan run for another office? WBEZ breaks down her shocking decision to not seek another term as attorney general.

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