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Marni Pyke

Transportation/Projects Writer
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Marni Pyke reports on transportation for the Daily Herald. Her portfolio was recently expanded to include projects. Her beat includes Metra, the Regional Transportation Authority, the Illinois tollway, Pace, aviation and writing a weekly column, "In Transit."

Prior to focusing on transportation, Pyke worked as a DuPage County metro reporter for the Daily Herald covering county government, the forest preserve and politics. She also reported on Naperville and Lisle, after joining the newspaper in 2000.

Previously, Pyke worked as a reporter at the Crystal Lake-based Northwest Herald and at Press Publications in Elmhurst, where she was a reporter and a managing editor. At Press Publications, she received first place at the Illinois Press Association awards for editorial writing.

In 2009, Pyke received first place at the Chicago Headline Club's Peter Lisagor awards for her articles on rescuing birds from skyscrapers, "A Wing and a Prayer." This year, she was a finalist for the investigative series "Seeing Red," on red-light cameras at the Investigative Reporters and Editors awards, and received a second-place award for the same series at the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association Awards.

She has been a guest on several local broadcast programs, including ABC 7 Chicago's Sunday morning news show, "Chicago Tonight" on WTTW, and WBBM radio's "At Issue."

Pyke graduated from Victoria University at the University of Toronto with a bachelor's degree in English and history. She has a graduate certificate in journalism from Sheridan College, Ontario.

Hobbies include hiking, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, keeping her garden in order, and keeping her dog in order. She lives in Downers Grove with her husband.

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Tollway’s video swan song for Des Plaines Oasis

Sep 17 2014 | 7:30 pm - The Des Plaines oasis is gone but tollway officials commemorated its passing with a time-lapse video showing what it takes to remove multiple glass panels and 22 concrete beams over a major interstate.

Toll takers to get raises, but toll-free perk uncertain

Sep 17 2014 | 9:13 pm - Toll collectors are expected to receive salary increases of 8 percent over three years, but whether the perk of commuting to work toll-free is continued remains unknown.

Pyke: O'Hare noise complaints are up, FAA's holding firm. What's Plan B?

Sep 15 2014 | 9:57 am - As noise complaints from communities affected by new O'Hare flight paths fly off the charts, one thing's remained constant: the Federal Aviation Administration's approach. Despite pressure from lawmakers and outrage from residents, the agency isn't...

Toll hike, county gas tax considered to fund Route 53

Sep 09 2014 | 5:48 pm - Will it be increased tolls in Lake County? A special taxing district? Or a gas tax? Lake County leaders are looking for ways to pay to extend Route 53 north but cash is hard to come by.

Pyke: Is it illegal to ride your bike on a sidewalk?

Sep 08 2014 | 7:45 am - Why do bicyclists hog sidewalks? When will the weeds on the Eisenhower Expressway be mowed? And what's being done with the cash CN Railway provided for safety improvements on the EJ&E? Readers ask, and we answer your pressing transportation...

‘Living in a war zone:’ Residents, mayors blast O’Hare noise

Sep 05 2014 | 5:35 pm - A rowdy crowd couldn't squeeze into a meeting on O'Hare noise Friday. But those who got a seat - including mayors and alderman - gave the FAA and city of Chicago an earful about noise from jets, new flight patterns, pollution and waits on the...

Metra spent $1.3 million to oust former chief Alex Clifford

Sep 04 2014 | 6:37 pm - The hot-button separation agreement with Metra's ex-CEO Alex Clifford comes to about $1.3 million, the agency revealed today. About half is salary and benfits but another half went to lawyers and consultants. Clifford exited in 2013 amid a patronage...

Suburban lawmakers press to speed up O’Hare noise review

Sep 03 2014 | 7:25 pm - A trio of lawmakers put more pressure on the FAA to update how it measures airplane noise, claiming current standards are outdated and unreliable. The move comes amid complaints from residents in the new O'Hare flight pattern.

Tollway offers I-PASS incentives, discounts

Sep 02 2014 | 5:20 pm - It's an I-PASS sale bonanza. The Illinois tollway is temporarily lowering the cost to start an I-PASS account in order to attract more customers for the new Tri-State/I-57 interchange. Unfortunately, toll rates stay the same.

Pyke: Are I-355 traffic delays the protesters' fault?

Aug 25 2014 | 11:36 am - Protester-related delays on I-355. Accidents at rail crossings. The mailbag is full and it's time to share what everyone's talking about. "It was a Friday and most of us commuters simply want to get home quickly and safely,” one reader says...

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