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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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Cubs Owners Back Trump

The Ricketts will give one million dollars to support Trump, although a family spokesman wouldn’t say if it's going directly to the campaign.

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Duckworth Responds To Kirk Campaign Ads

Illinois U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth is responding to two recent TV ads from her Republican opponent, incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk.

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Chicago State Expected To Name New President

Chicago State University is expected to undergo a leadership change Friday.

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Illinois Social Services Agencies Take Lawsuit Against The State To Appellate Court

Some agencies are starting to get the money Illinois owes them, but about 50 organizations are continuing their lawsuit against the state.

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Head Of Illinois’ Child Welfare System Weighs In On The State Of DCFS

The director of Illinois’ child welfare system says a new audit is right: His agency is not able to track how many young people are being kept in institutions where they should not be.

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DCFS Youth Inappropriately Kept In Psych Wards, Detention Centers, Shelters

An audit by the state Auditor General shows DCFS keeps kids in places it shouldn't and fails to track the incidents when it does.

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Judge Dismisses Budget Impasse Lawsuit

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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