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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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  • City: Pothole fixes down from a year ago

    Potholes aren't quite the pain in the axle that they were a year ago to drivers in Chicago, city officials said Monday. Crews filled 21,392 potholes in the city in December, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation. That's down from 26,...
  • Late departures become norm at Midway

    Late departures become norm at Midway
    Planes departing Midway Airport in November were once again late more often than flights leaving any of the 28 other busiest U.S. airports, according to airline and airport performance data released Tuesday. Three out of every 10 flights left Midway...
  • CTA ridership dropped less than 1 percent in 2010

    Despite cuts in bus and train service and a weak economy, CTA ridership declined less than 1 percent in 2010, transit officials said today. The transit agency provided 516.9 million rides last year, which was 4.7 million more than projected for the year...
  • Daley: Airlines to blame if O'Hare expansion fails

    Daley: Airlines to blame if O'Hare expansion fails
    Mayor Richard Daley blasted the city’s airline partners Thursday, saying they are jeopardizing the expansion of O’Hare International Airport by opposing $1.1 billion in new borrowing. In a rare public venting over the discord surrounding...
  • 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...
  • 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....