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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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  • New deal proposed to boost Gary/Chicago airport

    New deal proposed to boost Gary/Chicago airport
    A tentative agreement valued at up to $100 million will be announced Monday for private investors to develop and manage the long underused Gary/Chicago International Airport and incubate businesses in the surrounding area, the Tribune has learned. The...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • CTA rehires laid off rail car cleaners

    CTA rehires laid off rail car cleaners
    The last 25 CTA rail car cleaners who were laid off last year will return to work this month under an agreement announced Thursday that also extends an apprenticeship program to give a second chance to convicted criminals released from prison. The...
  • IDOT 'safe driving' spokesman busted for DUI, remains on the job

    IDOT 'safe driving' spokesman busted for DUI, remains on the job
    An Illinois Department of Transportation official who has represented the agency at events about safe driving remains on the job following his arrest last month for allegedly driving drunk. Carmen W. Iacullo, 58, was arrested Nov. 20 in west suburban...
  • First mannequins, now flags to boost pedestrian safety

    First mannequins, now flags to boost pedestrian safety
    First came mannequins representing pedestrians killed in vehicle crashes in Chicago, and on Thursday crossing-the-street flags flapped in the breeze as the next installment in a new safety campaign aimed at drivers called “It’s Up to You.&...
  • CTA gets federal grant to end O'Hare-Blue Line slow zones

    CTA gets federal grant to end O'Hare-Blue Line slow zones
    The Chicago Transit Authority will receive a $20 million federal grant to complete slow zone repairs on the O'Hare branch of the Blue Line, Sen. Dick Durbin, D., Ill., announced Monday. The funding will be used to eliminate slow zones on 3.6 miles of...
  • Emanuel names former CTA chairman to RTA Board

    Emanuel names former CTA chairman to RTA Board
    Former CTA Chairman Carole Brown was appointed Monday to serve on the Regional Transportation Authority board. Brown, 47, a finance expert who was CTA chairman for six years ending in September 2009, was appointed to the RTA post by Mayor Rahm Emanuel....
  • Retrofits planned for new CTA rail cars

    Retrofits planned for new CTA rail cars
    Only 40 of the 706 new rail cars that the CTA ordered are in service and already retrofits are being planned to improve the experience of customers, transit officials said today. Full-color LED destination signs will be added to the front and sides of...