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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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Who Supports Stricter Punishment For Illinois’ Repeat Gun Offenders

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has found an unusual ally in his push for stricter gun laws — Republican House Minority Leader Jim Durkin.

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Illinois’ Medicaid Problems Could Jeopardize Money For Schools, State Workers

State attorneys say Illinois can’t pay Medicaid service providers quickly enough unless the money comes from somewhere else.

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Illinois’ Late Payments Could Cost Medicaid Patients Access To Doctors

Big insurance companies are warning that doctors may drop Medicaid patients if the state doesn’t quickly pay up.

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Billionaire J.B. Pritzker Announces Bid For Governor

Pritzker's candidacy could raise the financial stakes for Democrats as they seek to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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Downstate Transit Agency Sues For Money Tied Up In Budget Impasse

River Valley Metro is one of the latest in a string of lawsuits filed against the state during the budget impasse.

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People's Court: How Judges Are Keeping Illinois Running

You may have heard about a budget impasse in Illinois -- but you might not have felt it. That's largely due to judges across the state.

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Illinois Democrats Respond To Rauner's 'Turnaround Agenda'

Some Democratic state lawmakers are putting forward their own agenda to counter Governor Bruce Rauner’s economic platform.

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Powerful Cook County Democrats Hear From Governor Hopefuls

Two wealthy businessmen, some local politicians and a regional stranger walk into a backroom. Only one could win a coveted endorsement.

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Rauner Vetoes Emanuel-Backed Pension Bill

The proposal would have addressed the city’s vastly underfunded retirement systems for Chicago’s laborers and municipal workers.

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Lawmakers Relieved To Receive Delayed Paychecks

Some Illinois lawmakers who had their paychecks delayed by 9 months are expressing relief they’ll finally get their salaries.WBEZ’s Tony Arnold reports.

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Illinois Lawmakers Must Be Paid On Time During Budget Impasse, Judge Rules

In a statement, Illinois comptroller Susana Mendoza said she’ll comply with the decision, but plans to ask her attorneys to appeal.

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It's 'Pottersville' Vs. 'The System' Between Rauner, Mendoza

The blame game between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Comptroller Susana Mendoza escalated Monday over the dire outlook for some social services.

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Northeastern Shuts Down Operations Over Spring Break

Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago is shutting down this week because of the ongoing state budget impasse. WBEZ’s Tony Arnold reports.

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Northeastern Students Protest Ahead Of Week-Long Shutdown

Northeastern is requiring its employees take five unpaid days off next week during Spring Break.

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How Chance The Rapper Dominated The Political Discussion This Week

WBEZ’s political reporters explain why the rapper’s criticism of Rauner might be a song some people won’t get out of their heads.

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Gov. Rauner Denies Derailing ‘Grand Bargain’

Appearing on WBEZ’s Morning Shift Friday, Rauner said he didn't yank Republican support for a budget plan billed as the 'grand bargain.'

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Rauner Accuses Democrats Of Trying To Shut Down State Government

Rauner took aim at Comptroller Susana Mendoza, Attorney General Lisa Madigan and her father, House Speaker Michael Madigan.

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Hundreds Of Northeastern Students To Lose Campus Jobs

University officials say their hands are tied because of a new rule imposed as a result of the state's historic budget impasse.

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Can The Illinois Senate Negotiate A Budget Deal?

Talks between Senate Democrats and Republicans fell apart, raising questions about the likelihood of a compromise.

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