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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

4G wireless coming to CTA subways later this year 1/30/2015
Smartphone service dead spots could be a thing of the past by year's end for thousands of daily CTA riders in Blue and Red Line tunnels, under a $32.5 million deal set to be announced Friday.

New O'Hare noise commission chairwoman nominated 1/29/2015
Mount Prospect Mayor Arlene Juracek has been nominated to serve as chairman of the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission, replacing former Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder, who is not seeking re-election to the post, officials said Thursday.

Well before pothole season, Chicago lists repaving projects 1/26/2015
A bumpy stretch of North Lake Shore Drive near downtown will be resurfaced this year, along with at least 300 miles of streets in Chicago, officials will announce Monday.

Online maps will outline Chicago-area's transportation woes, need for money 1/26/2015
A website launching Monday will turn wonkish government data into interactive maps on the quality of bridges, roads and rail transportation across Cook and six other counties with the intention of rousing the public to push for costly upgrades and expansions.

Could cheaper gas further fuel dip in mass transit ridership? 1/12/2015
How can plummeting gas prices be a cause of concern for Chicago-area transit agencies and millions of riders?