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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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  • Amtrak able to travel to 110 mph in Indiana, Michigan

    Amtrak able to travel to 110 mph in Indiana, Michigan
    Amtrak passenger trains sped up to 110 mph for the first time Tuesday in western Michigan and northern Indiana on two routes serving Chicago, officials announced. But the railroad crossings lack safety mechanisms that will be installed on Illinois’...
  • CTA approves 'facelift' for 7 Red Line stations

    CTA approves 'facelift' for 7 Red Line stations
    Seven of the most shabby, leaky and all-around deplorable rail stations on the CTA Red Line north branch are in store for a “$57.4 million face lift’’ starting this summer and running through early next year, under a contract the CTA...
  • City announces large-scale bike rental program

    City announces large-scale bike rental program
    Transferring from a train to a bus stuck in traffic is often the most frustrating and slowest way to finish a commute, prompting Chicago officials on Wednesday to start the wheels rolling on a new "transit option." The city and a company to be chosen...
  • Weeks in review

     
    A roundup of state and local news-review and weekly political chat shows. Descriptions provided by the broadcast outlets in most cases: Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review (WTTW-Ch 11) Host Joel Weisman with Mike Flannery, Fox News Chicago; Jon...
  • Your transit dollars at work

     
    Hill & Knowlton will provide consulting services for the RTA "to build on its foundation of priority initiatives by developing innovative ways of reaching budget goals and defining more specific objectives within the priority initiatives.''... from today'...
  • Most Chicago parking-meter tickets that are contested get tossed

    Most Chicago parking-meter tickets that are contested get tossed
    The city has put its parking ticket crews in overdrive, issuing citations at a faster clip than last year, but a Tribune analysis of court records shows that the vast majority of tickets contested by motorists are thrown out. In response to a Freedom...
  • 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...
  • CTA: Budget crisis is back

    Exchanging backslaps and high-fives, transit officials and politicians congratulated themselves last year for ending a string of annual CTA budget crises by passing small tax increases aimed at providing stable funding for years to come. Those...
  • 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...