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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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  • State transportation infrastructure 'listening tour' kicks off next week

     State transportation infrastructure 'listening tour' kicks off next week
    A transportation infrastructure "listening tour'' with more than 30 stops across Illinois will kick off next week to solicit ideas from the public about prioritizing spending, officials announced Tuesday. The road show, which will start downstate and...
  • Lakefront trail project on a slow and risky path

     Lakefront trail project on a slow and risky path
    The original section of the Great Wall of China went up in about 20 years. The 110-story Sears Tower was erected in only three years. So how long does it take to build a roughly 2,700-foot-long pedestrian bridge in Chicago? In the heart of the city's...
  • State Senate passes bills designed to reduce O'Hare jet noise

    State Senate passes bills designed to reduce O'Hare jet noise
    The Illinois Senate unanimously approved legislation Thursday designed to mitigate jet noise around O'Hare International Airport by increasing the cap on the number of runways to 10 from eight, and prohibiting the city of Chicago from closing and...
  • O'Hare group says 2 public meetings on new runways not enough

    O'Hare group says 2 public meetings on new runways not enough
    The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday that two workshop-style meetings will be held this summer to allow the public to talk to officials about the expected noise and air pollution from a new runway set to open in October at O'Hare International...
  • More O'Hare runways in the wings, but how will they help?

     More O'Hare runways in the wings, but how will they help?
    The outcry over jet noise from O'Hare International Airport that reached a fever pitch over the last year and a half is likely to intensify further this summer when takeoff and landing simulation data becomes available ahead of a new runway opening this...
  • Ventra contract swells by about $65 million because of add-ons

    Ventra contract swells by about $65 million because of add-ons
    The cost of the Ventra transit fare-collection system has climbed to above $500 million, a 14 percent increase since the Chicago Transit Authority signed the original contract in late 2011, according to records obtained by the Tribune. A series of add-...
  • CTA chief: Rauner's proposed cuts worse than first thought

    CTA chief: Rauner's proposed cuts worse than first thought
    The impact of Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts on the CTA is even worse than the $105 million hit that the transit agency originally projected, CTA President Forrest Claypool said Wednesday. CTA finance officials are meeting with the Regional...
  • How will CTA juggle more rail riders, less state funding?

     How will CTA juggle more rail riders, less state funding?
    Given a choice, a transit agency would rather deal with the challenges of ridership growth than a decline, and the Chicago Transit Authority faces the mixed blessing of both — with the added threat of $105 million in state funding cuts to the CTA...
  • Where are the Chicago-area construction projects in 2015?

     Where are the Chicago-area construction projects in 2015?
    A boatload of transportation projects, including completion of the first phase of the Chicago Riverwalk extension, will be launched or resume in early 2015, regardless of whether an early spring is in the offing. That's because in northeastern Illinois,...
  • 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...
  • Helicopter wreckage moved as investigation continues

    Helicopter wreckage moved as investigation continues
    The wreckage from the fatal crash this week of an emergency medical helicopter south of Rockford is being transported to Kansas for examination, and additional witnesses to the accident will be interviewed, the chief investigator said Wednesday. The...