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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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IDOT wants express toll lane on I-55

May 30 2016 | 7:57 am - What would you pay to get to day care or an important meeting on time? IDOT is banking on the public buying into a novel concept on I-55: putting a tolled express lane on the freeway.

Metra adding afternoon trains today

May 27 2016 | 12:19 pm - Metra is adding trains today for riders eager to get home early for the Memorial Day long weekend.

Travelers arriving early at O’Hare despite improvements in TSA lines

May 27 2016 | 3:51 pm - The biggest line at O’Hare was at Starbucks not at TSA checkpoints at 10 a.m. Friday. Although authorities advise fliers to get to airports early, extra TSA officers are making a dent in egregious lines at O’Hare and Midway.

2 of 3 tracks back but delays persist for some after Metra derailment

May 27 2016 | 5:49 pm - Expect delays on the Milwaukee District, North Central Service and Heritage Corridor lines after a Metra train derailment near Union Station. Two out of three tracks used for those routes are operating.

Emission test requirement, holiday weekend spur long lines

May 27 2016 | 9:21 pm - Some drivers found long lines at vehicle emissions testing sites Friday as the end of the month, the holiday weekend and a backlog from earlier in the year converged. Here’s how to avoid the wait.

IDOT’s new spending plan includes widening eastbound Kennedy

May 26 2016 | 6:14 pm - Better than 2015, but worse than 2010. IDOT’s latest multiyear spending plan invests a little more in roads. There’s no ‘wow’ factor but lots of improvements on the Kennedy Expressway.

Tollway leaders still pushing forward on Route 53 study

May 26 2016 | 5:52 pm - Yes, the Illinois tollway will talk about dwindling support for the Route 53 extension, but that doesn’t mean renegging on a pricy study, leaders said. Both sides of the issue gave directors an earful Thursday.

O’Hare middle of the pack for security fence breaches

May 25 2016 | 5:22 pm - O’Hare and Midway international airports aren’t the worst for breaches of security fencing in the U.S. That dubious honor goes to San Francisco. But there was that man who threw a bike over the fence successfully at O’Hare.

State gets tougher on rail-crossing scofflaws

May 24 2016 | 8:54 pm - The Illinois House Tuesday approved legislation aimed at discouraging motorists from driving around lowered railway crossing gates by doubling the fine for first-time offenders from $250 to $500.

Pyke: Lawlor’s Rt. 53 switch leaves questions

May 23 2016 | 10:31 am - The biggest cheerleader for the Route 53 extension is off the bandwagon. What happened to cause Lake County Chairman Aaron Lawlor to pull out? And can the Illinois tollway go it alone on the controversial project?

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