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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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5 Things To Consider During Rauner’s Budget Address

The governor on Wednesday will once again deliver a budget address while the state operates without a budget.

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Lunch For 3: Rauner Says He’s Tried Secret Mediators With Madigan

Rauner says he recruited mutual friends of Madigan’s for secret meetings with the powerful house speaker to help cut a budget deal.

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Cullerton: Budget Deal Would Solve Worker-Pay Dispute

Employees have continued to receive pay under a court order. But Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked the court to halt payment.

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Emanuel, Rauner And The Trump Balancing Act

President Trump’s first few weeks in office have brought plenty of opportunities and risks for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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Illinois State Workers To Take Strike Vote

Union members who work for the Illinois state government are voting Monday on whether they should strike.

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Illinois Governor Blasts Plan To Stop Paying State Workers

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner suggested Friday that the state's attorney general might be trying to "cause a crisis."

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How The Illinois Attorney General Wants To End The Budget Impasse

New legal action could keep state workers from getting paid unless state lawmakers approve a budget. Will that pressure be enough?

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Lisa Madigan Seeks To Stop Paying State Workers During Budget Impasse

Illinois' attorney general is trying a new legal tactic to force a state budget compromise: have a judge stop paychecks to state employees.

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Illinois Senate Pushes Off Vote On Budget Fix Until February

Not a single vote was recorded this week on what has been called the "grand bargain" to loosen the grip of Illinois' budget stalemate.

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4 Things To Watch For In Rauner's State Of The State Address

The governor's speech comes as the historic budget impasse drags on and the state's largest union prepares to take a strike vote.

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Some Illinois Senate Members Not Ready To Vote On Budget

A possible deal to break the Illinois state budget stalemate stalled Tuesday in Springfield.

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Major Budget Compromise Pushed In Spingfield

It could be the first sign of progress on a state budget in nearly two years.

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Which Illinois Elected Officials Are Attending Trump's Inauguration?

For elected officials in Illinois, whether to attend Donald Trump’s inauguration or not is a political event, and their presence or absence is a political statement.

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Rauner Taps Former Rival For Chicago State Board

Rauner appointed a one-time political rival, Paul Vallas, to serve on the board of trustees at the cash-strapped Chicago State University.

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Labor Union To Consider Strike Over Impasse With Rauner

About 36,000 Illinois state employees are going to vote on whether to strike. If they do, the strike would not occur immediately.

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Rauner: Democrats' Economic Agenda A 'Major Breakthrough'

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan introduced his own agenda - which includes reducing the corporate income tax rate.

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Obama Revisited: Father's Day 2008

As Obama leaves office, WBEZ is talking with those who saw some of his major speeches. Today: his 2008 speech on fatherhood in Woodlawn.

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Madigan Unveils New Economic Agenda

Rep. Michael Madigan outlined his legislative priorities as a major of House members elected him to a 17th term as House speaker.

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Illinois Employees Union Wants To Restart Contract Negotiations With Governor

The governor’s office argues that the two sides are so far apart they’re at an impasse.

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Illinois Lawmakers Hopeful Of Senate Budget Plan

The proposal includes term limits on legislative leaders, a statewide property tax freeze and a Chicago casino.

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