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

Emanuel launches 2nd term agenda with airport changes, borrowing 6/17/2015
Mayor Rahm Emanuel sought to jump-start his second-term agenda Wednesday, pitching a plan to allow drivers to reserve airport parking spaces for an extra $10 a day, hitting up off-site airport parking companies for 10 percent of their take and winning approval of a plan to borrow $1.1 billion to...

NTSB expected to investigate close call at Midway 6/17/2015
Confusion over similar-sounding flight numbers is under investigation as the cause of a close call between two airliners taking off on intersecting runways at Midway Airport, an aviation source said Wednesday.

Acting Chicago aviation chief emphasizes faster rail 6/16/2015
Chicago's new aviation commissioner said Tuesday that she will seek "quick wins" to improve customer service at the city's two airports, expand connections in global air service and increase airport-related development and jobs across the city.

New CTA boss Dorval Carter Jr.'s view: Faster buses, quieter riders on phone 6/14/2015
Dorval Carter Jr. didn't spend a lot of time worrying about keeping trains and buses running during the more than 30 years he worked in mass transit as a legal eagle, a gatekeeper of federal grants and a top policy adviser to the Obama administration's transportation czar.

Rauner rattles saber on budget cuts again 6/13/2015
For the second time in as many weeks, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has fired off a long list of threatened spending cuts if no budget is in place by July 1, a move Democrats dismissed as largely symbolic since money for the programs will dry up automatically if a deal is not reached.