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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Hanover Park’s Craig to replace Mulder on Metra board

Jul 23 2014 | 6:20 pm - Cook County commissioners picked Hanover Park Village President Rodney Craig to fill a vacant spot on the Metra board Wednesday. Craig will attend his first Metra meeting in August, replacing former Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder.

Investigations of Metra engineers on the rise for 2014

Jul 24 2014 | 5:14 am - The number of discipline cases involving Metra engineers for the first half of 2014 is 11 - the same total for all of 2013. The negative trend ... officials said. A look at problems over three years revealed speeding and signal violations plus a...

Suburban officials: O’Hare noise monitors not enough

Jul 22 2014 | 6:26 pm - In the wake of multiple complaints from communities in flight paths, Chicago announced it will install more noise monitors in the city and suburbs. This comes as new data indicates a surge in noise concerns.

Learning curve at all-electronic interchange with Tri-State and I-57

Jul 21 2014 | 5:40 pm - The Illinois tollway will open its new interchange between I-57 and the Tri-State this fall. For Illini parents and football fans that means a direct link between the two interstates instead of the current circuitous route. It's an all-electronic...

More suburbs getting quiet zones for train horns

Jul 21 2014 | 5:16 am - Do you get misty-eyed over train songs like Willie Nelson's "The City of New Orleans"? Or are you more of a Johnny Cash, "When I hear that whistle blowing, I hang my head and cry"? Then, this column — all about relief from train horns with...

Metra board to ask, should we raise fares in 2015?

Jul 18 2014 | 4:34 pm - A possible shortfall in Metra’s 2015 budget means fare increases are one possibility the agency’s board could consider in the next few months, although officials stressed it’s still early in the process. Metra’s 2014...

O’Hare passengers undeterred by Ukraine crash

Jul 17 2014 | 7:46 pm - Passengers at O'Hare International Airport were somber at news of the downed Malaysia Airlines jetliner, but were undeterred in their plans to fly internationally.
"It will be fine," Jim Novak said of the flight he was about to board to Poland.

Test could pave way to paying tolls with smartphone

Jul 16 2014 | 5:52 pm - This is only a test. That's what the Illinois tollway wants drivers to understand when new overhead gantries go up this year near the Touhy Toll Plaza. The test site will let the agency try out cameras and technology such as talking transponders.

Pace, Tollway deal would ramp up service along I-90

Jul 16 2014 | 5:53 pm - The Illinois tollway and Pace are partnering to build three parking lots along the I-90 corridor that will feed into an expanded express bus service.

Des Plaines oasis demolition underway

Jul 15 2014 | 10:53 am - No, it's not a mirage. The Des Plaines Oasis is coming apart slowly. De-construction of the glass pavilion over the Jane Addams Tollway started recently and will continue into the fall. On I-90, temporary overnight lane closures will be needed for...

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