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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Constable: Why do gas cans make it so hard to fuel snowblowers?

Nov 23 2015 | 11:45 pm - Every fresh snow brings new enlightenment to owners of gas-powered snowblowers. That old gas can you know and loved is illegal, and you're not going to like your new one.

Special report: How Fox Lake cop went from hero to crooked cop

Nov 24 2015 | 3:33 pm - How painstaking detective work revealed the presumed murder of "hero" cop Charles "Joe" Gliniewicz was a deadly deception.

Special Report: Gliniewicz's final hours as he staged his 'hero' cop death

Nov 23 2015 | 6:44 am - The shot into Fox Lake police Lt. Charles "Joe" Gliniewicz's chest missed his heart and gave him 90 more seconds to stage a murder scene meant to immortalize him as a fallen cop. The scheme worked, at first.

Paris grief unites us on Facebook, then the 'unfriending' begins

Nov 17 2015 | 2:55 pm - Amid all the outpouring of universal humanity in the aftermath of the ISIS attacks on Paris emerges an even larger outpouring of universal stupidity. Columnist Burt Constable says this is why.

Constable: Lincolnshire man reads into presidential candidates' handwriting

Nov 10 2015 | 5:09 am - We've got one year until the 2016 presidential election. Charles Benedetti of Lincolnshire possesses uses handwriting to analyze the presidential candidates, after a nun in the 1960s discovered the truth about him in his handwriting.

Suburban veterans recall life, death in WWII

Nov 08 2015 | 8:15 am - Known simply as "The Big One," World War II featured a series of small, intimate moments with life and death hanging in the balance. Two suburban veterans remember what could have been their last days on earth.

How should we react to Fox Lake officer's suicide?

Nov 05 2015 | 10:41 am - Wednesday's revelation that beloved Fox Lake Police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz killed himself unleashes a torent of emotions. How could he do this to his family, friends and community? Didn't he realize there were other options? Why didn't anyone see this...

Constable: Weather’s great, but no daylight after work to enjoy it

Nov 03 2015 | 12:39 am - The thermometer might hit 73 today. I just wish the sun was still up after work so we could see it, Burt Constable writes.

Coroner’s career in death gives birth to a rich, full life

Oct 31 2015 | 9:33 am - After a career immersed in blood, gore and death, 87-year-old Barbara E. Richardson has a pretty healthy outlook on life, but says this Halloween she still can't have fun with death.

Constable: Wheelchairs become part of kids’ magical Halloween costumes

Oct 28 2015 | 7:17 pm - A wheelchair can make a child stand out, and that’s not necessarily a good thing. But on Halloween, some suburban parents transform their sons’ and daughters’ wheelchairs into these magical creations.

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