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Jon Hilkevitch

Jon Hilkevitch
Jon Hilkevitch has been the Chicago Tribune's transportation reporter since 1997. He is responsible for covering every mode of transportation, both locally and nationally, although his primary focus is transportation news affecting the Chicago metropolitan region.

One day he might write a story about an expressway project, the next day about an airplane accident, the problem of Chicago Transit Authority buses bunching up on downtown Chicago's congested streets or the prospect of privatizing the Illinois Tollway.

The common thread in his reporting is a strong consumer-oriented focus, whether the issue is flight delays at O'Hare International Airport or railroad grade-crossin...
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Jon Hilkevitch has been the Chicago Tribune's transportation reporter since 1997. He is responsible for covering every mode of transportation, both locally and nationally, although his primary focus is transportation news affecting the Chicago metropolitan region.

One day he might write a story about an expressway project, the next day about an airplane accident, the problem of Chicago Transit Authority buses bunching up on downtown Chicago's congested streets or the prospect of privatizing the Illinois Tollway.

The common thread in his reporting is a strong consumer-oriented focus, whether the issue is flight delays at O'Hare International Airport or railroad grade-crossing safety.

In 2001, a team of Tribune reporters co-led by Hilkevitch was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism for their series "Gateway to Gridlock,'' which chronicled the capacity crisis confronting the airline industry and the nation's commercial airports.

Hilkevitch, 52, also writes a weekly commuting column, called Getting Around, which allows him to interact more informally with readers and to bring their complaints about problems on Chicago-area roads and mass transit to the attention of the appropriate government agencies and, when necessary, to relentlessly prod those agencies until they do the right thing.

Hilkevitch lives in Lisle and commutes to work using Metra, the CTA and his own two feet.

His son, Nicholas, is an FAA-certified commercial pilot. He is completing his senior year at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and plans to pursue a career in aviation.
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Top Jon Hilkevitch Articles

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  • Safety tips for riders as summer kicks transit crime into high gear

    Safety tips for riders as summer kicks transit crime into high gear
    Last year's decline in serious crimes reported on the CTA has continued through the first four months of 2015, according to new Chicago police data obtained by the Tribune, but riders are being cautioned against lowering their guard over the summer, one...
  • CTA expands scope, cost of Brown Line flyover project

    CTA expands scope, cost of Brown Line flyover project
    A controversial CTA project to route the Brown Line onto a ramp over other elevated trains in Lakeview has been expanded in scope and would cost roughly $570 million, instead of $320 million, a CTA analysis released Tuesday said. The minimum four-year...
  • Evanston Divvy plans delayed until next spring

    Evanston Divvy plans delayed until next spring
    Evanston's first Divvy bike-sharing program is running behind schedule and won't make its debut until next spring. Evanston officials announced Friday they had received word that Chicago won't be placing its order for stations and the specially made...
  • Memorial Day weekend expected to open deadlier summer road travel season

     Memorial Day weekend expected to open deadlier summer road travel season
    More people will be killed in traffic accidents this summer than during the same time a year ago, safety experts predict as the Memorial Day travel week is about to get underway. Even before the official start of the summer driving season, 294 people...
  • State's 6-year highway spending plan warns of 'rapid deterioration'

    State's 6-year highway spending plan warns of 'rapid deterioration'
    The first multi-year highway improvement plan proposed by the Rauner administration on Thursday continues a pattern of shrinking spending on roads and bridges, and state transportation officials warned about "a rapid deterioration in the overall condition...
  • CTA, Metra, Pace delay Ventra ticketing app till fall, cite user experience

    CTA, Metra, Pace delay Ventra ticketing app till fall, cite user experience
    The debut of the Ventra smartphone app for tickets, scheduled for this month or June, is being pushed back until the fall, transit officials said Thursday. The CTA, Metra and Pace said they are working with a consultant with expertise on testing apps,...
  • CTA trimming budget for proposed Rauner cuts

    CTA trimming budget for proposed Rauner cuts
    The CTA is taking the first steps to absorb as much as $130 million in threatened state funding cuts that transit agency officials have repeatedly warned would lead to big fare hikes, service cuts and employee layoffs, the CTA's top finance expert...
  • CTA hopes new system reduces bus-bunching

    CTA hopes new system reduces bus-bunching
    The CTA on Monday showed off new technology that may help address a problem as old as traffic — buses bunched together and going nowhere fast, while riders endure long waits for service elsewhere on the same route. Transit officials didn't go so...
  • Dear new CTA president: Welcome, and watch your step, please

    Dear new CTA president: Welcome, and watch your step, please
    An open letter to Dorval Carter Jr., incoming president of the Chicago Transit Authority, offering a few ideas about how to build the CTA into a world-class transit system. May 11, 2015 Dear Dorval, While reporting on transportation for the Tribune,...
  • New Chicago airports chief is longtime aviation professional

     New Chicago airports chief is longtime aviation professional
    A nationwide search for Chicago's next airports chief has landed an aviation and engineering expert from the nation's capital, officials said Friday. Ginger Evans, vice president for engineering at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, was...
  • Union Station transit center work to impact West Loop traffic

    Union Station transit center work to impact West Loop traffic
    The traffic-clogged area outside Union Station will undergo lane closures and the relocation of CTA bus stops starting Friday in connection with construction of a bus transit center that is set to open next spring, transportation officials said Wednesday....