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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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Illinois Delegation Show Unity At DNC

The Illinois Democratic Party got 90 seconds in the national spotlight last night - as delegates officially cast their votes for the party's nominee for president.

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Chris Kennedy Bickers With Press As He Considers Run For Illinois Governor

Kennedy’s introduction to the media as a potential candidate for Illinois governor got off to a rocky start.

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Illinois Democrats Divided On First Night Of DNC

There’s a clear divide on display at the DNC between Illinois’ Bernie Sanders supporters and those who are backing Hillary Clinton.

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Illinois Democrats Kick Off Convention With Search For Gubernatorial Candidates

Illinois Democrats are making their priorities for the future of the state party clear: win back the governor’s seat.

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Illinois Republicans Leave RNC Split On Trump’s Speech

Illinois Republicans are leaving their party’s national convention split on the candidacy of Donald Trump.

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Illinois Republicans Leave Cleveland Divided

Republicans returning to Illinois from the National Republican Convention remain divided despite a week that was supposed to bring unity.

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State GOP Chairman To Trump Supporters: We Need You And You Need Us

The head of Illinois’ Republican Party says the state GOP now has more personal information about voters than ever before.

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The Chicagoan Who Traveled To Cleveland To Watch The Protests

Jerry Boyle is a Chicago attorney who watches demonstrations with the National Lawyers Guild. Here's what he saw at the Republican National Convention.

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Illinois’ Elected Republicans Continue To Wrestle With Supporting Trump

The Illinois delegation cast votes to make Donald Trump the party nominee, despite the reservations of many of the top leaders in the Illinois Republican Party.

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Illinois Republicans Introduce DuPage Teenager Seen As Future Of The State Party

Illinois Republican Party leaders say they’ve found the future of the state party: 17-year-old Carl Miller.

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Kasich Lunch Creates More Distrust Between The Illinois Republican Delegation

Donald Trump delegates from Illinois regretted attending an event with John Kasich while a floor fight erupted on Monday at the Republican National Convention.

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Illinois GOP Chairman Says It's Unified Behind Trump

Even as top GOP elected officials skip the RNC convention, Illinois GOP Chairman Tim Schneider says they're unified.

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Hear What Rauner Is Doing Instead Of Attending The RNC

Hear what Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he’ll be doing this week - instead of unifying the state party behind Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention.

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Some Illinois Trump Delegates Skipping Cleveland Convention

Tepid support of Donald Trump by the Illinois Republican Party has some of the Illinois Trump delegates skipping next week’s Republican National Convention.

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Cook County Board President: Time For Sanders Supporters To Get Behind Clinton

Preckwinkle says the Democratic Party needs to unify the Sanders and Clinton supporters.

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Preckwinkle Says Sanders Supporters Need To Back Clinton

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says Bernie Sanders supporters "have to understand that they lost the fight."

Morning Shift

Remembering Abner Mikva

He started in local politics as the ‘nobody nobody sent’ and rose to prominence as a lawmaker, judge and presidential adviser.

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Stopgap Budget Not Enough To Stop Lawsuit Against Illinois

The compromise that led to a stopgap state budget is not stopping a lawsuit asking the state to pay up for services already provided.

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Lawmakers Hash Out A Deal But Impasse Effects Remain

Here’s a breakdown of the big compromises, how long they’ll last and what we can expect after they run out.

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Gov. Rauner Signs Illinois' Stopgap Spending Deal

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Thursday night to keep the state government operating until January and schools open for another year.

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