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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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  • Boeing shows off 787 Dreamliner at Oshkosh air show

    Boeing shows off 787 Dreamliner at Oshkosh air show
    OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Marking its public debut in the U.S., Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, the 21st century's first radically different commercial airliner, landed at the AirVenture air show on Friday. The world's first jetliner made largely of superhardened...
  • Virgin America debuts at O'Hare in May

    Virgin America will begin service to O’Hare May 25 with daily nonstop flights from Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport, the airline said in a press release. Virgin is kicking off the service with a special $99...
  • Will Virgin do well at O'Hare?

    Will Virgin do well at O'Hare?
    Now we can find out if the hype is justified. Virgin America, which enjoys a cultlike status as one of the nation's hippest, friendliest and most convenient airlines, announced Thursday that it will be joining the scrum at O'Hare as of May 25. Virgin...
  • 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...
  • CTA says new savings will avert fare hike, service cuts

    CTA says new savings will avert fare hike, service cuts
    After months warning of fare hikes and service cuts unless labor unions came up with $80 million worth of concessions by July 1, CTA President Forrest Claypool today called off the threats, saying the agency has suddenly come up with the money,...
  • Chicago man accused of CTA pickpocketing spree

    Chicago man accused of CTA pickpocketing spree
    A Chicago man with more than 100 arrests for theft and other crimes has been arrested again in connection with a spree of recent pickpocketings at the CTA Jackson Red Line subway station, police said today. Police are crediting the Tribune and CTA...
  • New CTA train cars had dangerous flaw (How we found out)

    New CTA train cars had dangerous flaw (How we found out)
    It has been six years since then-CTA president Frank Kruesi -- who in 2012 is herding goats and making cheese in North Carolina -- so long ago signed a contract with Bombardier Transportation of Canada for hundreds of new rail cars. The trains started...
  • 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...
  • CTA expands Red Line project to battle slow zones

    CTA expands Red Line project to battle slow zones
    With service disruptions already delaying commuters this summer on the CTA Red Line north branch due to emergency facelifts on seven of the rail system’s most dilapidated stations, transit officials today expanded the project by adding $15 million...
  • 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...