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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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  • Mark: This is where the RTA says an illegal tax haven exists

    Mark: This is where the RTA says an illegal tax haven exists
    We first became aware of this potential story in February when our curiosity was aroused by a line item in an otherwise boring Metra procurement report. It listed the awarding of a $200 million diesel fuel contract to the Hartney Fuel Oil Co. in Mark,...
  • Road rage: Cars vs. bikes

    Road rage: Cars vs. bikes
    Are the roads wide enough for both? If you've had it with cyclists who blow off stop signs or car drivers who hog the road, don't miss Thursday's Chicago Live show at Chicago Theater. Here's the note I just got from Chicago Live executive producer, Lara...
  • Chicago Live: Bikes, Mayor Emanuel, and singer Chris Walz

    Chicago Live: Bikes, Mayor Emanuel, and singer Chris Walz
    Drivers v. bicyclists. It's not supposed to be a competition, or worse yet, a war. But frequently on the streets of Chicago, violations of traffic laws and common courtesy lead to unpleasant, even dangerous clashes between motorists and bicyclists. At...
  • Absent CTA workers force riders to wait

    Absent CTA workers force riders to wait
    The odds of experiencing a bad commute on the CTA are greater on Mondays and Fridays and during the run-up to rush periods, all because of canceled buses and trains, a Tribune examination of performance data has found. The worst month for canceled runs...
  • What's driving CTA delays?

    What's driving CTA delays?
    The culprit isn’t always a horrible traffic jam when CTA customers wait 45 minutes for the next bus to arrive. Such gaps in service are often due to an individual bus run, or even two runs in a row, being cancelled. The No. 1 reason behind...
  • CTA board gets closer to buying 300 new rail cars

    CTA board gets closer to buying 300 new rail cars
    This story contains corrected material, published Oct. 18, 2011. The CTA's five-year journey to purchase new trains rounded a big curve Thursday when the transit agency's board approved a financing strategy to acquire 300 rail cars. Some minor bugs...
  • No comment as city, airlines update judge on talks

    Attorneys for Chicago and United and American airlines met in a judge's chamber Friday morning to report whether any progress has been made in their dispute over completing the expansion of O'Hare International Airport. Both sides left Cook County...
  • Lake Shore Drive to include emergency escape route

    Lake Shore Drive to include emergency escape route
    Median roadway construction designed to create an escape route for drivers potentially stranded on North Lake Shore Drive will begin Monday, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation. Median roadway construction designed to create an escape...
  • Commuters can't beat the storm

    Commuters can't beat the storm
    Leaving work early didn't do all that much good. Area workers in droves Tuesday left their jobs well before quitting time trying to beat the blizzard, but the the preemptive move still didn't prevent hundreds of the early commuters from getting stuck on...
  • Daley aide ordered to give deposition in O'Hare suit

    A judge today ordered Chicago Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino to testify in a pre-trial deposition in connection with a lawsuit United and American airlines filed against the city over financing the expansion of O’Hare International...
  • Next phase of Wacker reconstruction reopens one intersection, closes 2 others

    Next phase of Wacker reconstruction reopens one intersection, closes 2 others
    Wacker Drive will be closed at the intersections of Monroe and Adams streets starting Monday until next summer and the Madison Street intersection also will reopen Monday as part of the next phase of the $300 million Wacker reconstruction, city...