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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The donors behind the dollars in governor races: Will war chests matter?

Mar 17 2018 | 3:54 pm - In the Illinois governor races, will big war chests translate into big wins in Tuesday’s primaries? Here are some of the donors behind the dollars.

Massive O’Hare makeover moves forward after American Airlines drops opposition

Mar 15 2018 | 6:39 pm - A massive $8.5 billion makeover of O’Hare International Airport was approved by Chicago’s Aviation Committee Thursday after American Airlines, which in February pulled out of talks on the project, came to an agreement on the deal.

Milwaukee North midday, weekend service cut back in April for construction

Mar 14 2018 | 6:29 pm - Commuters on Metra’s Milwaukee North Line should brace for schedule changes and service shutdowns in April as Metra replaces 17,000 railway ties.

Steel tariffs could bring higher construction prices in Illinois

Mar 12 2018 | 6:07 am - Will proposed tariffs on steel hurt local construction? While some stakeholders aren't panicked, construction industry leaders are worried and GOP congressmen from the suburbs are balking.

Will suburbs decide who wins Democratic primary for governor?

Mar 09 2018 | 8:20 pm - Daniel Biss? Chris Kennedy? J.B. Pritzker? It’s anyone’s guess who’ll win the Democratic gubernatorial primary as six suburbanites make a case for their candidate. Plus experts say the “X Factor” will be a big...

Lawsuit says Cook County is shorting transportation funds

Mar 09 2018 | 9:30 am - Is Cook County playing a shell game with funds intended for transportation? A lawsuit filed by the construction and building industry claims Cook officials are ignoring a new law requiring transportation taxes and fees to be used for roads and...

Pairing emissions test, sticker renewal is convenient — for a fee

Mar 05 2018 | 8:13 am - It’s so convenient — you can get your emissions tested and renew your license sticker at the same place. But beware the $7.50 extra fee.

O’Hare expansion revealed: Real western access for suburban flyers?

Feb 28 2018 | 8:17 pm - Turbulance greets plan to expand O’Hare after American Airlines lodges complaints of favoring rival United. The plan would rebuild Terminal 2, but there’s angst over western access for the suburbs.

Suburbs deserve western terminal at O’Hare, tollway chairman says

Feb 27 2018 | 1:51 pm - Suburbanites deserve real western access at O’Hare, not an ersatz terminal, Illinois Tollway Chairman Robert Schillerstrom told City Club of Chicago members Monday.

Tollway chief talks more tolls and Route 53 extension

Feb 27 2018 | 12:35 pm - Tollway chairman tells City Club of Chicago members the agency is open to adopting freeways and is positive about the future extension of Route 53.

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