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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


Order In The Court: Takeaways On Lisa Madigan’s Announcement

Will Madigan run for another office? WBEZ breaks down her shocking decision to not seek another term as attorney general.

WBEZ Updates

Chris Kennedy Chooses Running Mate For Illinois Governor

Democrat Chris Kennedy has selected Ra Joy for his running mate in his campaign for Illinois governor.


Garry McCarthy For Mayor? New Campaign Committee Is Exploring A Run

There’s a new political committee in support of the former top cop running for mayor.


After A Rough Summer, Can Rauner Turn Around His Turnaround Agenda?

The governor tried tying his pro-business, anti-union agenda to a state budget, but failed. Where does he go from here?


Rauner Lobbies For 2nd Amazon HQ During Overseas Trip

As he tries to lure more Japanese and Chinese businesses to Illinois, Rauner says he has also personally reached out to Amazon execs.

WBEZ Updates

North Shore State Representative Scott Drury Selects Alex Hirsch As Running Mate

North Shore State Representative Scott Drury has selected Alex Hirsch as his running mate.

WBEZ Updates

Rauner To Embark On 8-Day Recruiting Tour Of China, Japan

Even though Rauner frequently criticizes the state’s business climate, he’s embarking on a trade mission to Japan and China later this week.


Rauner: No Must-Haves In School Funding Deal

Gov. Rauner says he hasn’t insisted on any specific policies in a compromise, but Democrats say he made a push for a tax scholarship program.


Three Takeaways From Governor’s Day And School Funding (In)Action

Illinois Democrats are gathering in Springfield Thursday for a day of fundraisers and political speeches as part of the Illinois State Fair.


House Deals Symbolic Blow In School-Funding Fight

Illinois House Democrats soundly rejected Gov. Bruce Rauner's ideas for a new public-school funding method.


Teachers Union Opposes Plan They Say Would Bring School Vouchers To Illinois

The Illinois Federation of Teachers claim the program would not help fund public education.


Sweeping School Voucher Program On The Table In Springfield

The $100 million tuition tax credit program is being discussed during talks to end an impasse that threatens school funding across Illinois.


Illinois State Senators Seek Compromise After Rauner's School Funding Veto

Hoping to avert another political stalemate, Senate Democrats and Republicans try to hammer out a deal over state funding of schools.


Illinois Governor Vetoes Education Funding Plan

The veto could set up another big political standoff between the Republican governor and the Democrat-controlled legislature.

WBEZ Updates

Pritzker Unveils Formal Plan To Fight Against President Trump

J.B. Pritzker, a Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, is presenting a formal plan to fight against President Donald Trump’s policies.

Morning Shift

Mendoza: 'Complete Meltdown' If Lawmakers Can't Agree On School Funding

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza warned that Illinois schools don’t have enough money in reserves to stay open more than a few months if there’s no end to the political impasse surrounding school funding.


A Closer Look At The Group That Could Inform Rauner’s Agenda

Some of the governor's new hires come from a think tank that has advocated for smaller government and lower taxes.


Rauner Amps Up Threat To Cut Chicago School Funding

Gov. Rauner wants to redistribute money earmarked for Chicago schools to districts across the state before school starts this fall.


Rauner Assistant Fired On First Day

The assistant was fired after he tweeted homophobic slurs and questioned if body slamming reporters was the way to win in Illinois.

WBEZ Updates

Rauner Speaks Out After Budget Override

On Friday, Gov. Bruce Rauner addressed reporters for the first time since state lawmakers approved a budget over his veto. Rauner was north of Chicago in Gurnee, IlL. - where there’s been severe flooding, forcing some residents from their homes.WBEZ state politics reporter Tony Arnold tells us more about the appearance.

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