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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 Discontinue "Maxi" Cars

    (WGN-AM)- A good number of inquiring minds would first probably want to know, "What's a Maxi?" They are the rail cars with fewer seats that the CTA introduced last September to squeeze more riders onto crowded trains, particularly during rush hours...
  • Is this America's most expensive car?

    Is this America's most expensive car?
    The Shelby Cobra that tops all others is back on the block, this time in California, where the record-breaking race car might fetch a record-setting price. Three months ago in Indianapolis, legendary driver Bob Bondurant, 76, was squeezed into the...
  • Medical choppers rush into high risk

    With 35 deaths so far, 2008 is the worst on record in the U.S. for accidents involving emergency medical helicopters - aircraft that experts describe as the most dangerous in the sky. While major airline crashes have become extremely rare in the last...
  • Illinois lawmakers fight cuts to rail project funds

    Illinois lawmakers said today they will fight a move by Republicans in the U.S. House to scrap funding for a key railroad improvement project designed to increase capacity and eliminate a notorious freight and passenger train bottleneck on Chicago's South...
  • Sources: City-airlines O'Hare talks near collapse

    Sources: City-airlines O'Hare talks near collapse
    Tense negotiations between the city of Chicago and United and American airlines over O'Hare expansion have almost collapsed, officials said today. The acrimony between the two sides has run so deep that, despite agreements to meet almost every day, city...
  • No comment as city, airlines update judge on talks

    Attorneys for Chicago and United and American airlines met in a judge's chamber Friday morning to report whether any progress has been made in their dispute over completing the expansion of O'Hare International Airport. Both sides left Cook County...
  • Google offers real-time solution to traffic congestion

    Google offers real-time solution to traffic congestion
    Searching for a fast route around traffic congestion might seem like a futile exercise in the Chicago area, but Google is giving it a shot. Google Maps Navigation on Monday introduced an update to its driving directions software that uses real-time...
  • Illinois can vie for $2.4 billion in high-speed rail cash

    Illinois and other states with high-speed passenger rail programs will be allowed to compete for $2.4 billion in federal funds that Florida turned down when its governor killed a fast-trains project between Orlando and Tampa, the U.S. Department of...
  • City, airlines compromise on O'Hare expansion

    An infusion of millions of additional dollars in federal funding and a compromise with the airlines to move forward with building only one new runway for now gave Mayor Richard Daley the breakthrough agreement he desperately sought to keep alive the...
  • Yemeni men arrested in Amsterdam on terror charges after flight from U.S.

    Yemeni men arrested in Amsterdam on terror charges after flight from U.S.
    Two Yemeni men arriving in Amsterdam on a flight from Chicago were arrested Monday on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack after peculiar items turned up in their luggage, Dutch officials said. U.S. authorities asked the Dutch to make the arrests...
  • Mark: This is where the RTA says an illegal tax haven exists

    Mark: This is where the RTA says an illegal tax haven exists
    We first became aware of this potential story in February when our curiosity was aroused by a line item in an otherwise boring Metra procurement report. It listed the awarding of a $200 million diesel fuel contract to the Hartney Fuel Oil Co. in Mark,...