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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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  • Boeing shows off 787 Dreamliner at Oshkosh air show

    Boeing shows off 787 Dreamliner at Oshkosh air show
    OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Marking its public debut in the U.S., Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, the 21st century's first radically different commercial airliner, landed at the AirVenture air show on Friday. The world's first jetliner made largely of superhardened...
  • CTA chief: Rauner's proposed cuts worse than first thought

    CTA chief: Rauner's proposed cuts worse than first thought
    The impact of Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts on the CTA is even worse than the $105 million hit that the transit agency originally projected, CTA President Forrest Claypool said Wednesday. CTA finance officials are meeting with the Regional...
  • More noise meetings added on O'Hare runway issues, Emanuel and FAA say

    More noise meetings added on O'Hare runway issues, Emanuel and FAA say
    Residents weary from airport jet noise will be able to attend four public meetings this summer about a new runway scheduled to open this fall at O'Hare International Airport, the city of Chicago and FAA officials said Tuesday. The Federal Aviation...
  • State transportation infrastructure 'listening tour' kicks off next week

     State transportation infrastructure 'listening tour' kicks off next week
    A transportation infrastructure "listening tour'' with more than 30 stops across Illinois will kick off next week to solicit ideas from the public about prioritizing spending, officials announced Tuesday. The road show, which will start downstate and...
  • State Senate passes bills designed to reduce O'Hare jet noise

    State Senate passes bills designed to reduce O'Hare jet noise
    The Illinois Senate unanimously approved legislation Thursday designed to mitigate jet noise around O'Hare International Airport by increasing the cap on the number of runways to 10 from eight, and prohibiting the city of Chicago from closing and...
  • O'Hare group says 2 public meetings on new runways not enough

    O'Hare group says 2 public meetings on new runways not enough
    The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday that two workshop-style meetings will be held this summer to allow the public to talk to officials about the expected noise and air pollution from a new runway set to open in October at O'Hare International...
  • Chicago transit security beefed up

    Commuters in Chicago and around the country can expect to ride to work with police and bomb-sniffing dogs Friday as transit systems bulk up security following terror bombings in London. Within hours of Thursday's rush-hour attacks on British subway...
  • United passengers to see fewer flights, smaller jets

    Fewer flights to choose from, longer layovers and a greater chance of flying on small jets await United Airlines passengers at O'Hare International Airport as the carrier attempts an inevitable restructuring to survive, experts said Thursday. Over the...
  • Airline is adding to cockpit security

    United Airlines said Tuesday it is installing steel barriers that can be quickly fastened across front aisles of planes to protect pilots from attacks when the cockpit door is opened during flight. The voluntary security move, the first by a U.S....
  • Boeing's Dreamliner gets near-giddy reaction from aviation buffs at Oshkosh air show

    Boeing's Dreamliner gets near-giddy reaction from aviation buffs at Oshkosh air show
    — A Boeing 787 Dreamliner decked out like a flying laboratory received a rousing welcome at its U.S. public debut Friday. The reception by thousands of aviation enthusiasts at the AirVenture air show rivaled the anticipation of airlines that are...
  • Most Chicago parking-meter tickets that are contested get tossed

    Most Chicago parking-meter tickets that are contested get tossed
    The city has put its parking ticket crews in overdrive, issuing citations at a faster clip than last year, but a Tribune analysis of court records shows that the vast majority of tickets contested by motorists are thrown out. In response to a Freedom...