As a general assignment reporter at WBEZ, Tony covers breaking news, politics, criminal justice, business and everything in between.
Tony originally joined WBEZ as a news intern, later becoming a producer for the 2006 midterm and 2007 municipal elections.
Tony’s reports have been heard on National Public Radio, Marketplace, World Radio Switzerland, the CBC, Radio New Zealand, Radio Wales and Radio Ireland.
Prior to joining WBEZ, Tony worked as a reporter for WNIJ 89.5 FM in DeKalb, IL, a producer for WMUB 88.5 FM in Oxford, Ohio and as a correspondent for The Lima News in Lima, Ohio.
Tony has a B.A. in American Studies from Miami University.
Originally from Elida, Ohio, Tony resides in the Northcenter neighborhood of Chicago.
The nation's longest serving state house speaker in modern history, Democrat Michael Madigan from Illinois, stepped down from the speakership. He was driven from power by a federal corruption probe.
While the state's public schools could open on time, some school districts say they will run out of money by October if the legislature and governor can't agree on a school funding formula soon.
Illinois has gone 20 months without a budget and the state's finances and services are increasingly precarious. Gov. Bruce Rauner and his chief Democratic opponent show little sign of compromising.
Illinois' new Republican governor is taking a page in politics from other Midwestern states. Bruce Rauner is setting policies that have government labor unions bristling and he hasn't even been on the job for a month.