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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 to let you know about cash in old I-PASS accounts

Aug 22 2014 | 5:39 am - Forget about that $50 in your old I-PASS account? Now's the time to retrieve it as the Illinois tollway launches a drive to connect drivers with their long-lost cash.

Metra could get extra RTA money for improvements

Aug 20 2014 | 8:02 pm - The RTA's budget proposal for 2015 estimates about 4 percent in sales tax growth. New ideas include a $100 million bond sale to aid Metra, the CTA and Pace. What's uncertain is whether the three agencies will fight over a $200 million fund that's up...

Tollway explores how to pay for Route 53 extension

Aug 19 2014 | 6:10 pm - Are more tolls coming on the north end of the Tri-State? Increasing rates at the Waukegan toll and charging at the Wisconsin border and Route 132 are among ideas being tossed around by a Lake County advisoryo group.

Pyke: Highway bridge protests exercise free speech, but irk drivers

Aug 18 2014 | 5:05 am - Fuming in gridlock caused by protestors atop a bridge over the tollway? It's perfectly legal, police say. And it's constitutional, says Fred Schneider whose political protest signs have irked more than a few motorists. "If you give a thumbs up, we...

Metra service expansion called unlikely in face of shortfall

Aug 15 2014 | 4:59 pm - Metra's strategic plan needs to face the fact there's no money right now for more express trains or new stations -- such as in Marengo, Hampshire, Richmond, Sugar Grove and Oswego -- and other commuter dreams, officials said Friday. Meanwhile, the...

Lake in the Hills firm sues over toll scofflaw list

Aug 13 2014 | 5:17 pm - Name recognition is great when you're a business but not when you're known as a tollway "scofflaw," says John O'Hara of Specialty Contractors. The company is suing the Illinois tollway over mistakenly including it on an infamous list of debtors.

Railroad accidents underscore safety conference's mission

Aug 11 2014 | 5:07 am - How do we make rail crossings safer? A group of international experts gathered at the University of Illinios this week to share ideas and learn from some local experts. “Highway-rail grade crossing and trespassing accidents were up in 2013,...

Metra restores full service this morning on BNSF line

Aug 08 2014 | 5:39 am - Metra riders whose rush-hour commute home imploded Thursday afternoon after two people were killed on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Line should only see minor delays this morning, according to the Metra website. Metra had canceled four trains...

Metra opposed release of report on fake work logs

Aug 04 2014 | 5:06 am - Despite committing to transparency, Metra opposed making public the state inspector general's probe into fake work logs. The state watchdog's report would only confuse the public, the agency argued. Meanwhile, Metra's hiring of one of the attorneys...

Final 10 wow Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent judges

Aug 04 2014 | 12:01 am - The top 10 finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent wowed the crowd at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg on Sunday. They'll perform again at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Taste of Arlington Heights, where the grand prize winner and the...

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