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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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  • Absent CTA workers force riders to wait

    Absent CTA workers force riders to wait
    The odds of experiencing a bad commute on the CTA are greater on Mondays and Fridays and during the run-up to rush periods, all because of canceled buses and trains, a Tribune examination of performance data has found. The worst month for canceled runs...
  • What's driving CTA delays?

    What's driving CTA delays?
    The culprit isn’t always a horrible traffic jam when CTA customers wait 45 minutes for the next bus to arrive. Such gaps in service are often due to an individual bus run, or even two runs in a row, being cancelled. The No. 1 reason behind...
  • CTA board gets closer to buying 300 new rail cars

    CTA board gets closer to buying 300 new rail cars
    This story contains corrected material, published Oct. 18, 2011. The CTA's five-year journey to purchase new trains rounded a big curve Thursday when the transit agency's board approved a financing strategy to acquire 300 rail cars. Some minor bugs...
  • Lake Shore Drive to include emergency escape route

    Lake Shore Drive to include emergency escape route
    Median roadway construction designed to create an escape route for drivers potentially stranded on North Lake Shore Drive will begin Monday, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation. Median roadway construction designed to create an escape...
  • Aviation security hassles, weaknesses persist

    Aviation security hassles, weaknesses persist
    Major vulnerabilities persist in the decade since air travelers sacrificed convenience and privacy for the promise of heightened security in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, and the message from the government and security watchdogs is thatĀ there stillĀ ...
  • Railroad police on high alert as Sept. 11 anniversary approaches

    Railroad police on high alert as Sept. 11 anniversary approaches
    Railroad police are on high alert for suicide bombers at Union Station in Chicago as the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks approaches this week, authorities said. Based on intelligence that al-Qaida might attempt to strike again in the U.S.,...
  • 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....