435 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
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

FAA studying military-style air-traffic backup system, Sen. Kirk says 11/26/2014
Fifteen key air traffic control facilities would take over airplane guidance during emergencies in which part or all of the primary control system is knocked offline, according to a $65 million proposal that Sen. Mark Kirk said Tuesday is under federal review.

FAA outlines strategy to recover from air-traffic control outages 11/25/2014
Tighter security has been implemented to "detect and counter insider threats" against the nation's radar facilities that direct airplanes, following the arson attack two months ago by a worker at an air-traffic control center west of Chicago, the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday.

Most stop-for-pedestrian signs hit by drivers, city data show 11/24/2014
Signs placed in the road alerting motorists they must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks are a popular safety tool in Chicago neighborhoods, city officials say. Among drivers, they're another kind of big hit.

CTA joins federal safety program, becoming first in nation 11/22/2014
The CTA will participate in the launch of a federal program that will develop standards for upgrading rail safety in Chicago and at transit agencies across the U.S., officials said Friday.

CTA board passes 2015 budget with no fare hikes 11/19/2014
The CTA board on Wednesday approved the transit agency's operating budget for next year and a capital program that funds the purchase of new trains and buses and upgrades to bridges and other infrastructure through 2019.