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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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  • Fare card fraud costing CTA $6.5 million

    Fare card fraud costing CTA $6.5 million
    Fraudulent use of CTA free-ride and reduced-fare cards at rail stations has cost the transit agency almost $6.5 million since a crackdown was launched late last year, but suspicious use of the cards was down more than 20 percent, CTA investigators said...
  • Yellow Line repairs more complicated than thought, CTA says

     Yellow Line repairs more complicated than thought, CTA says
    More of the unstable rail embankment supporting the CTA Yellow Line needs to replaced than first thought, the Tribune was told Tuesday, as investigators and backhoe operators continued to dig for answers into the cause of the collapse. Service on the...
  • Amtrak plans Union Station makeover

    Amtrak plans Union Station makeover
    Amtrak is betting millions of dollars to transform Union Station into an entertainment and tourist destination, complete with restaurants and outdoor cafes, retail, a hotel and even a grocery store, Getting Around has learned. Amtrak wants to open up...
  • New Chicago aviation chief: O'Hare expansion is only the beginning

    New Chicago aviation chief: O'Hare expansion is only the beginning
    Modern airports from Atlanta to Denver have been "stealing traffic" from O'Hare International Airport, a loss O'Hare can halt only by being more competitive and attractive to fliers, the city's new aviation chief said Wednesday. Outdated management of...
  • A final farewell to an old Loop railhouse

     A final farewell to an old Loop railhouse
    The 119-year-old Loop "L" station house at Madison Street and Wabash Avenue, a Chicago icon to some but a dilapidated eyesore to others, will begin to be taken down this week. It will be an extra-careful demolition process that is expected to continue...
  • Yellow Line closure creates rail car repair headache for CTA

    Yellow Line closure creates rail car repair headache for CTA
    The expected five-month shutdown of the CTA Yellow Line due to an embankment collapse in mid-May is causing an additional hassle: Rail access has been cut off to the transit agency's largest and most important train maintenance facility, officials said...
  • CTA to overhaul bus driver training after fatal crash

     CTA to overhaul bus driver training after fatal crash
    An out-of-control CTA bus that plowed into vehicles and killed a pedestrian during the evening rush hour on Michigan Avenue last week exposed systemic weaknesses in the way the transit agency trains, assigns and supervises new bus drivers, CTA President...
  • Clybourn Avenue protected bike lanes coming as construction begins Monday

    Clybourn Avenue protected bike lanes coming as construction begins Monday
    Construction of protected bicycle lanes along a stretch of Clybourn Avenue in Chicago will begin Monday, the Illinois Department of Transportation said Sunday. The project will create a raised concrete median between bikes and motorized vehicles along...
  • Acting Chicago aviation chief emphasizes faster rail

    Acting Chicago aviation chief emphasizes faster rail
    Chicago's new aviation commissioner said Tuesday that she will seek "quick wins" to improve customer service at the city's two airports, expand connections in global air service and increase airport-related development and jobs across the city. "I am...
  • NTSB expected to investigate close call at Midway

    NTSB expected to investigate close call at Midway
    Confusion over similar-sounding flight numbers is under investigation as the cause of a close call between two airliners taking off on intersecting runways at Midway Airport, an aviation source said Wednesday. A Southwest Airlines plane, Flight 3828, was...
  • New CTA boss Dorval Carter Jr.'s view: Faster buses, quieter riders on phone

    New CTA boss Dorval Carter Jr.'s view: Faster buses, quieter riders on phone
    Dorval Carter Jr. didn't spend a lot of time worrying about keeping trains and buses running during the more than 30 years he worked in mass transit as a legal eagle, a gatekeeper of federal grants and a top policy adviser to the Obama administration's...