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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Chris Kennedy: What Mike Madigan is doing should be illegal

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Democrats running for governor hit Rauner, differ on marijuana, minimum wage

Oct 18 2017 | 8:16 pm - Democratic gubernatorial candidates joined in piling on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner but differed on issues such as minimum wage and legalizing marijuana at a Wednesday forum in Mount Prospect.

In Transit: Dashboard systems pose dangerous risk, AAA warns

Oct 16 2017 | 8:16 am - Think dashboard infotainment makes our drives easier? Whoever believes that has never screamed at Siri en route somewhere. Here’s why the AAA thinks car technology is dangerous.

Planners target expressways now clogged 5 hours a day

Oct 13 2017 | 11:35 am - CMAP is developing its new vision for expressways to come out in April, with possible truck lanes and surge pricing.

CN, Nicor resolution allays winter heating concerns

Oct 12 2017 | 10:19 pm - Thousands of customers won’t risk being without heat this winter, Nicor announced after patching things up with the Canadian National Railroad.

Questions persist on tollway’s no-transponder fee

Oct 09 2017 | 7:09 pm - The original plan to prod I-PASS users to get a transponder in every car was more consumer-friendly than the current version that doubles tolls for rule-breakers. Gone is talk of a 50 percent fee and $10 gifts cards. Meanwhile, readers don’t...

Geneva man, 19, charged with reckless homicide in fatal crash

Oct 07 2017 | 4:47 pm - A 19-year-old Geneva man was charged with reckless homicide Saturday after a fiery crash that killed his passenger in an unincorporated area of St. Charles Township.

Spring into fall with annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest

Oct 07 2017 | 5:32 pm - Stuff your own scarecrow with the kids or marvel at scarecrow sculptures months in the making. Dive into fall at the St. Charles Scarecrow Fest, which continues Sunday.

Police putting together pieces in Naperville truck hijacking

Oct 07 2017 | 5:47 pm - It appears the people involved in the hijacking of a truck carrying vehicles knew each other, Naperville police said Saturday. No arrests have occurred yet.

Metra’s doomsday budget includes fare hikes, service cuts

Oct 06 2017 | 7:24 pm - Metra’s budget crisis could mean service cuts on the Milwaukee North and North Central Service lines, officials said Friday. The blow could also fall on the BNSF and Union Pacific lines, which are operated by the two freight railroads. And...

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