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Jon Hilkevitch
Chicago Tribune transportation reporter
My Role

Jon Hilkevitch is responsible for covering all types of transportation for the Chicago Tribune, both locally and nationally, although his primary focus is on the Chicago metropolitan region. 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. Hilkevitch also writes a weekly commuting column, called Getting Around, which allows him to interact more informally with readers and to help resolve major problems as well as annoyances they experience on the transportation scene.
My Biography

Jon Hilkevitch, 58, has been the Chicago Tribune's transportation reporter since 1997. 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. Since starting at the Tribune in 1979, first at the Suburban Trib, Hilkevitch has held a variety of reporting and editing jobs in the city, the suburbs and Washington. Hilkevitch lives in Lisle and commutes to work using Metra, the CTA, Chicago River water taxis and his own two feet. His son, Nicholas, is a pilot at a major airline.
My Interests

Planes, trains and buses, fast cars, bicycles, express ski lifts, golf carts, road bikes, motor scooters, folk music and great food.
My Recent Articles

Realignment of perilous Damen-Elston-Fullerton intersection to start Thursday 5/27/2015
Work is set to begin Thursday on a project that Chicago officials have debated for two decades: how to realign the congested, confusing and high-accident six-corner intersection where Damen, Elston and Fullerton avenues meet, officials announced Tuesday.

Courtesy goes a long way, new CTA campaign advises riders 5/27/2015
Sloppy eaters on CTA trains and buses, loudmouths, litterbugs, seat hogs, door blockers and assorted other misfits have for at least several years been lambasted by other riders venting their outrage on social media, but now the transit agency is joining the conversation in hopes of encouraging...

Safety tips for riders as summer kicks transit crime into high gear 5/25/2015
Last year's decline in serious crimes reported on the CTA has continued through the first four months of 2015, according to new Chicago police data obtained by the Tribune, but riders are being cautioned against lowering their guard over the summer, one of the busiest times of the year on the transit...

Curtain rises Saturday on $100 million Riverwalk extension 5/22/2015
The first two blocks of the Chicago Riverwalk's $100 million extension are set to open Saturday, raising the curtain on an urban playground of kayaks, Tiki bar cocktails and floating concert stages.

CTA expands scope, cost of Brown Line flyover project 5/20/2015
A controversial CTA project to route the Brown Line onto a ramp over other elevated trains in Lakeview has been expanded in scope and would cost roughly $570 million, instead of $320 million, a CTA analysis released Tuesday said.