Burt Constable

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Burt Constable grew up on a farm in Goodland, Ind., where he learned how to plant, cultivate, rotary hoe and be fearful of cows. He is a 1976 graduate of South Newton High School, and graduated from Northwestern University in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Burt worked for the Lafayette (Ind.) Journal & Courier and the Washington (Iowa) Evening Journal before becoming police reporter with the Daily Herald in 1981. He worked as a copy editor and later covered courts, crime and some sports and general assignment stories before becoming a full-time columnist in 1988 alongside legendary Chicago columnist Jack Mabley.

He has won several awards, generally for covering tragedies. Burt and his wife have three sons and live in the suburbs.

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Daily Herald’s ‘Believe Project’ linked philanthropist, readers

Sep 29 2015 | 10:02 pm - A spiritual person who believes in miracles, Carolyn Gable says the Believe Project she started spread well beyond her initial dreams because of the Daily Herald.

Honor Flight Chicago’s last hurrah for World War II heroes

Oct 03 2015 | 10:14 pm - The ranks of World War II veterans have thinned so much in the 70 years since the war’s end that last week marked the last scheduled Honor Flight Chicago flight reserved exclusively for World War II veterans to see the memorial in their honor...

Constable: Lawsuit says NBA team skirts minimum wage law for dancers

Sep 29 2015 | 5:40 am - A suburban native has filed a lawsuit on behalf of an NBA dancer, arguing that the dance team's pay falls short of minimum wage laws. Could this affect the Luvabulls?

Constable: ‘Bull’ Durham recalls a bear of a Cubs postseason

Oct 02 2015 | 8:54 am - In the long list of reasons the Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908, some fans point to Leon Durham's error in the crushing final 1984 loss to the San Diego Padres. Daily Herald columnist Burt Constable doesn't buy that, and neither does...

Constable: Will the world end with Pope Francis? Prophecies say ...

Sep 24 2015 | 9:15 am - For those desperate to to see the end of the world, Pope Francis plays a role in a prophecy. But, this too shall pass.

Constable: How dare you apply baling wire to our tax system?

Sep 16 2015 | 11:24 pm - Politicians talk about holding together an Illinois tax infrastructure with "baling wire." We should be so lucky. The versatile wire is an American institution.

Constable: Babies and toddlers pay when state doesn't fund therapists

Sep 13 2015 | 6:10 am - During the midst of a budget crisis in 2008, physical therapist Nicole Molinaro couldn't imagine being treated worse by the state of Illinois. Now the Algonquin woman can. And babies and toddlers who can't get therapeutic help will pay the price.

Constable: Corn and tomatoes raising cabbage for Maple Park couple’s wedding

Sep 10 2015 | 12:55 am - A couple with farm roots is selling corn and vegetables in St. Charles to raise money for their wedding.

Officer’s shooting shatters sense of safety in Fox Lake

Sep 05 2015 | 8:31 am - In the grips of grief and a manhunt, Fox Lake will lay to rest its friend and devoted police officer, Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz. But the gunshot that killed Gliniewicz still rips through Fox Lake.

Constable: Officer’s death yields ugly rush to judgment on social media

Sep 02 2015 | 10:56 pm - In our rush to judgment, today's social media society rushes to a lot of misjudgments. That's an ugly, divisive habit, and it needs to stop.

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