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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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Judge Dismisses Social Services’ Lawsuit Against Illinois

A Cook County judge dismissed a lawsuit from almost 100 social services against the State of Illinois over the year-long budget impasse.

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Independent Maps Asks High Court For Rehearing

They're asking the Illinois Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling that a November voter referendum on redistricting is unconstitutional.

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Why Illinois’ Supreme Court Ruled The Redistricting Amendment Unconstitutional

The amendment failed because it exceeded what the state Constitution allows for in a citizen-driven change to the constitution

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Gov. Rauner: Optimistic Illinois Supreme Court Will Rule In Favor Of Changing How Legislative Boundaries Are Drawn

Governor Bruce Rauner says he’s optimistic the Illinois Supreme Court will rule in favor of changing how legislative boundaries are drawn - despite what he calls a “rigged system.”

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Social Service Agencies Say State of Illinois ‘Heartlessly’ Refuses To Pay Them

Illinois is being called “heartless” in a new court filing from attorneys representing nearly 100 social service organizations owed money.

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Candidates For Illinois Comptroller Are Fighting Over Obligations To Party Leaders

Voters this November will choose who should be Illinois’ next comptroller and the candidates are in the middle of a fight over obligations to their party’s leaders.

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Durbin Takes On Gov. Rauner At Illinois Fair

Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is blasting Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's turnaround agenda as a "complete disaster for Illinois."

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Durbin, Rauner Swap Criticisms

Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Gov. Bruce Rauner are already butting heads, well ahead of the 2018 race for Illinois governor.

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Kirk Stresses Importance Of Senate Vote Due To Unpopular Presidential Candidates

Illinois U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk repeated Wednesday that he’ll write-in former U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus for president.

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Attorney General: Illinois Didn’t Breach Contracts During Budget Impasse

Attorneys for the state are fighting a lawsuit from social services agencies that were not paid during the year-long budget impasse.

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Chicago Man Sues House Speaker Madigan Over Failed Primary

Jason Gonzales says Madigan falsely called him a "convicted felon" in campaign ads.

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Labor Unions Take On Rauner At DNC Events

There’s one theme that’s come up day after day at the Illinois delegation's events at the DNC this year: Bruce Rauner’s stance on unions.

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Senator Durbin Still Thinking Over 2018 Gubernatorial Run

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says he’ll decide whether he’ll run for governor after the November election.

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Madigan Gives 90-Second Address At DNC

Illinois Democratic Party Chairman Michael Madigan addressed his party for the first time all week on Wednesday.

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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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