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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

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?

Ex-Arlington Heights mayor leaving as chair of O'Hare noise panel 1/9/2015
Former Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder announced Friday that she will not seek re-election in March as chairman of the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission.

Answers to chronic flight delays may be buried in the numbers 12/28/2014
Efforts to restore what's conspicuously absent in the airline industry — consistently reliable service — are getting a boost from the work of University of Michigan researchers who are looking closely at 73 million flights during the past decade.