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Marni Pyke

Transportation/Projects Writer

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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Broken rail equals commuter delays on BNSF line to Aurora

Apr 21 2014 | 4:38 pm - Metra commuters on the BNSF Line can expect delays due to a broken rail at Union Station messing up rush-hour traffic.

Say goodbye to magnetic CTA cards starting May 1

Apr 22 2014 | 11:37 am - New deadlines are approaching for Pace and CTA riders as both agencies transition to a new fare system.

No movement yet on transit reform report

Apr 21 2014 | 5:30 pm - Lawmakers weighed in on reforms proposed by a state task force that wants to change how Metra, Pace and the CTA operate in the wake of a patronage scandal.

Suburbs face worst roadwork season in years

Apr 14 2014 | 5:47 am - The good, the bad and the ugly about construction season 2014. The good news is that 2015 will be much worse. The bad news is that I-90 will be ugly and work on the future Elgin O'Hare extension will slow traffic on existing highways. Keep calm and...

This one’s going to hurt — One-mile lane closure on I-90 coming

Apr 11 2014 | 5:32 pm - Where did that I-90 lane go? If you're traveling a stretch of the westbound Jane Addams between the Kennedy and Tri-State, that question will arise soon as the tollway embarks on a rebuild in a short but pivotal stretch.

Will patronage log put Metra on right track?

Apr 11 2014 | 7:19 pm - Don't casually drop the name of your son as a prospective Metra conductor to a board director or it could end up on an official record, following ethics changes instituted Friday. The reforms are intended to deter political patronage but include...

Chairman says reclaiming trust key to raising Metra funds

Apr 10 2014 | 5:00 pm - Metra riders know the agency’s problems range from political patronage to aging equipment. Chairman Martin Oberman hopes resolving the first issue will give commuters enough faith in the agency to help pay to fix the second.

Quinn unveils road construction plan

Apr 09 2014 | 5:54 pm - Gov. Pat Quinn unveiled the state’s annual road construction plan Wednesday, a proposal without many suburban headlines as the governor looks to ask lawmakers for a bigger building plan soon.

BNSF riders can expect some variety during track repairs

Apr 09 2014 | 10:38 pm - Metra riders will experience some delays on the BNSF Line as the commuter railway undertakes track resurfacing the last two weeks of April

Investigation clears speaker of meddling in Metra jobs

Apr 09 2014 | 7:46 pm - The state's legislative inspector general concluded Speaker Michael Madigan and Hispanic lawmakers did not violate any laws following claims of political pressure involving jobs at Metra this summer.

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