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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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Rauner Blocks Bill To Raise Payouts To Families Of Legionnaires’ Victims

The bill would have raised the state’s $100,000 cap on damages to $2 million.

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Deep Fried Politics

A closer look at the politics of the Illinois State Fair.

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Politics And Murder: Another Embarrassment For Madigan's Organization

A new disclosure represents another loosened thread in the once tightly-knit Madigan political organization.

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Vets’ Home Legionnaires’ Outbreaks Spur New Disease Notification Law

The new law would require state veterans’ homes to notify residents and their families within 24 hours of an infectious disease outbreak.

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Lawsuit: Hospital Slow To Detect Legionnaires’ In Quincy Home Resident

A new lawsuit claims a hospital botched tests that would have sooner detected Legionnaires’ disease in fatal Quincy veterans’ home case.

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New Lawsuit: Rauner Administration Negligent In Quincy Legionnaires’ Death

“They tried to sweep under the carpet an existing problem,” said the son of a Korean War vet who died at the downstate home.

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Madigan Aide Fired After Harassment Claims Pushes Back Against Accuser

Kevin Quinn acknowledged in a memo that he sent “unprofessional” messages to a colleague, but partially blamed the #MeToo movement.

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Legionnaires’ Crisis Spurs Stack Of Bills Headed To Rauner’s Desk

Gov. Bruce Rauner is being asked to sign eight bills spurred by WBEZ’s reporting into Legionnaires’ disease at a state veterans’ home.

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3 Crazy Things That Just Happened In Illinois Politics

Blagojevich goes from "you're fired" to maybe "you're commuted," Rauner's OK with the budget, and another harassment claim in Springfield.

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Three Things To Watch Before Illinois Lawmakers Head Home

Money, guns and Legionnaires’ disease. Three things we’re watching in Springfield before lawmakers adjourn for the summer.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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