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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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State of the Suburbs: New road projects cement future

Aug 29 2015 | 1:11 pm - As the economy sputtered, innovative transportation projects like the Elgin O'Hare Expressway extension kept people working. Now the suburbs are rebounding, those same projects will change how we drive, live and work in the very near future.

Can new braking system stop train disaster in suburbs?

Aug 24 2015 | 10:08 am - Could new braking systems help prevent oil train derailment disasters in the suburbs? The region's top planner thinks so, but warns of "hooting and hollering" from the railroad industry.

Controversial runway is gone at O'Hare

Aug 21 2015 | 8:41 am - An era ends at O'Hare International Airport as Chicago closed its 14L/32R runway. The runway was one of the original ones when the airport was known as Orchard Field. It's also been the center of controversy as anti-noise activists and lawmakers...

Addams Tollway reconstruction will cost more to finish on time

Aug 20 2015 | 12:18 am - It could cost $16 million extra to finish the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) redo on time. Weather and utility work combined to add costs to the widening project that is supposed to wrap up in 2016, planners said Wednesday.

Tollway experiences turnover as top execs leave

Aug 19 2015 | 5:13 pm - Some high-level executives are leaving the Illinois tollway including its top watchdog Jim Wagner. The agency's inspector general retired in June while another high-ranking official, Jeffrey Redding, exited apparently this month.

One eastbound I-90 ramp from Arlington Heights Road to close

Aug 19 2015 | 6:11 pm - Drivers used to hopping onto the eastbound Jane Addams Tollway from northbound Arlington Heights Road will need to find an alternate. The Illinois tollway is closing the ramp next week through October although all other legs of the interchange...

Train-riding police nab crossing scofflaws

Aug 19 2015 | 6:53 pm - Metra, the BNSF Railroad and local police cracked down on pedestrians and drivers who ignored lowered crossing gates Wednesday. Authorities counted multiple scofflaws during a daylong train ride-along.

O'Hare's aeroponic garden adds fresh touch to airport food

Aug 19 2015 | 10:51 am - Parsley, sage, arugula and thyme. No rosemary but you won't mind the omission after visiting O'Hare's aeroponic garden, a charming escape from the airport's hectic vibe. Better yet, try a pizza or sushi roll featuring airport greens. You'll never...

More slowdowns for BNSF commuters as rails are fixed

Aug 17 2015 | 5:50 pm - Metra BNSF commuters can expect delays of five minutes or so on late afternoon trains until Sept. 4 to allow for rail replacements.

Why Illinois drivers can't replace faulty air bags

Aug 17 2015 | 8:46 am - The bad news is your car has a defective air bag that could rupture and kill you. More bad news: Car companies don't know when they'll be able to replace it.

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