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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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?

Sauer exiting tollway board in midst of Route 53 angst

May 20 2016 | 4:29 pm - Lake County’s representative on the Illinois tollway board, Nick Sauer, is stepping down after a brief tenure and will be replaced by Neli Vazquez-Rowland, co-founder of an alcohol and drug addiction recovery program, a state official said.

TSA chief walks line between promising safe flights, seeking more screeners

May 20 2016 | 3:35 pm - Airport security lines will “continue to be a challenge” this summer, even after the TSA adds screeners. That was the warning from Administrator Peter Neffenger, who appeared with elected officials Friday at O’Hare.

Metra BNSF train to Oswego is back on track

May 18 2016 | 7:43 pm - It may never be built but Metra has unfrozen funding for an engineering study of extending its BNSF service to Oswego. The money comes from a stale federal earmark clouted by Dennis Hastert.

Upgrades are coming to Metra’s website

May 18 2016 | 7:48 pm - It’s got bells, whistles and quick access to train schedules, instead of the multi-step process, riders experience now on Metra’s website. The upgrade will debut sometime in June.

Triple threat? Durbin, Kirk, Emanuel take on TSA over airport security lines

May 17 2016 | 5:07 pm - Additional officers. Added hours. A call for a resignation. Illinois’ senators and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel jumped into the fray over extra-long security lines at the airport.

Is walking risky business? Pedestrian deaths rise in Illinois

May 16 2016 | 10:07 am - Just as the weather warms up to the point where a walk or bike ride is actually pleasant, there’s news from the Illinois Department of Transportation that pedestrian fatalities were up in 2015. That sobering statistic hits home in the suburbs...

TSA lines so bad American Airlines is paying for backup

May 16 2016 | 6:26 pm - It’s so bad American Airlines is digging into its coffers to help the TSA get passengers through security without two-hour waits at O’Hare. On Sunday, American held 30 flights because of passengers stuck in long lines.

Lake County’s Lawlor pulls Route 53 support; study still on?

May 16 2016 | 6:41 pm - Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor said a planned environmental impact study for the proposed Route 53 extension should not proceed and the project should be reassessed. But the tollway looks poised to carry on with the controversial, costly...

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