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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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  • 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...
  • Courtesy goes a long way, new CTA campaign advises riders

    Courtesy goes a long way, new CTA campaign advises riders
    Sloppy eaters on CTA trains and buses, loudmouths, litterbugs, seat hogs, door blockers and assorted other misfits have for at least several years been lambasted by other riders venting their outrage on social media, but now the transit agency is...
  • 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...
  • Woman says she was on 'empty' CTA bus in fatal crash

     Woman says she was on 'empty' CTA bus in fatal crash
    A Chicago woman said Monday that she and two other passengers were on the CTA bus involved in a fatal crash downtown last week, contradicting the transit agency's account that the bus driver was alone when he allegedly violated a red traffic signal and...
  • Comic art imitates life on the CTA

     Comic art imitates life on the CTA
    Riders on a CTA train are minding their own business when suddenly an emergency evacuation door connecting the rail cars bursts open and a man menacingly appears. "So," he says to three shocked passengers who are seated near the door, "now that I've...
  • Chicago's new plane-tracking website lacks noise data

    Chicago's new plane-tracking website lacks noise data
    Jet noise readings are being intentionally omitted from a new city website that displays low-level planes arriving and departing at Chicago's airports, city officials said Friday. The officials said the noise information is being excluded because the...
  • Questions remain about fatal CTA bus crash

    Questions remain about fatal CTA bus crash
    The CTA says a bus driver involved in a fatal crash on Michigan Avenue came to a stop at a red light on eastbound Lake Street, then inexplicably drove through it into Michigan Avenue traffic, killing one woman and injuring seven others and himself. As...
  • O'Hare suburbs offer road map to reducing jet noise impacts

     O'Hare suburbs offer road map to reducing jet noise impacts
    Chicago could make substantial progress toward alleviating jet noise in communities around O'Hare International Airport by not building more runways, spreading flights more evenly across existing runways and installing more aircraft gates to expedite...
  • Chicago agrees to reprieve on dismantling O'Hare's diagonal runways

    Chicago agrees to reprieve on dismantling O'Hare's diagonal runways
    In an about-face, Chicago is asking the Federal Aviation Administration to delay action that would cause "irreparable damage'' to diagonal runways slated for closure at O'Hare International Airport, officials said Monday. The postponement would be in...
  • Chicago surveys fliers as Rahm's rhetoric on O'Hare express train heats up

     Chicago surveys fliers as Rahm's rhetoric on O'Hare express train heats up
    The CTA and the city of Chicago are surveying thousands of passengers who use O'Hare International Airport to learn more about their trips, focusing on how people commute to and from the airport. The $280,000 survey that runs through June asks how...
  • Realignment of perilous Damen-Elston-Fullerton intersection to start Thursday

     Realignment of perilous Damen-Elston-Fullerton intersection to start Thursday
    Work is set to begin Thursday on a project that Chicago officials have debated for two decades: how to realign the congested, confusing and high-accident six-corner intersection where Damen, Elston and Fullerton avenues meet, officials announced Tuesday....