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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...
  • 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...
  • Runaway overtime spending at CTA

    Runaway overtime spending at CTA
    Working for a public agency with a runaway overtime problem, CTA veteran Jackie Hubbard logged an average of 34 hours of OT on top of each 40-hour week, according to payroll records. "Some people at CTA are picky about the type of work they do and the...
  • A look into our story about "CTA overtime in overdrive"

    A look into our story about "CTA overtime in overdrive"
    After months of wrangling over data, it wasn't until Dec. 23 that CTA officials dropped a bombshell to finally explain why their figure for overtime paid to employees was millions of dollars lower than the number the Tribune arrived at by analyzing the...
  • RTA turns down PR contract

    RTA turns down PR contract
    Against a bleak funding outlook, the board that oversees the Chicago area's mass transit agencies today rejected a proposed public relations contract totaling up to $1.7 million to try to squeeze tens of billions of dollars out of Washington. The...
  • CTA officials discuss bus disabling

    CTA officials discuss bus disabling
    An unlocked panel door leading to a battery shut-off switch made it easy for a group of teenage criminals to disable a CTA bus, then climb aboard the darkened vehicle and attack its passengers, transit officials said Monday. “Although the...