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: What happens when you can't find a real Christmas tree

Nov 21 2017 | 5:37 am - There is no war on Christmas, but picking out a tree can leave one with battle scars.

Constable: Gurnee school hero stepping down after 25 years

Nov 19 2017 | 7:49 am - Called a “key linchpin” in Woodland School District 50, one of the largest elementary districts in the state, Phyllis Martin never makes headlines. But she knows things.

Constable: Is there an ethical way to get a mouse out of your house?

Nov 15 2017 | 2:29 pm - The goal is not to build a better mousetrap, as lots of them work. The trick is in satisfying all the ethical and moral complications of getting a mouse out of your house.

Constable: Getting rid of your stuff is a gift to your heirs

Nov 14 2017 | 5:38 am - When it comes to inheritance, sometimes less is more. Getting rid of stuff is your gift to the next generation.

Constable: Guns and Christmas an unholy mix for one advocate

Nov 08 2017 | 11:53 pm - It always seems to be “too soon” to talk about gun violence in the United States, but it’s not too soon to mix guns and Christmas.

Constable: It’s getting dark around 4:30. Why do we still do daylight saving time?

Nov 07 2017 | 5:35 pm - When the sun set at 4:39 in the afternoon on Monday, those of us who realize the stupidity of our twice-a-year time changes want to blame farmers (nope), that early-to-rise Ben Franklin (negative) or maybe some clandestine Big Clock cabal (shh) for...

Constable: Film shows how Chicago, suburbs key to winning World War II

Nov 05 2017 | 10:37 am - Growing up in Wheaton, John Davies played on the tanks at Cantigny Park. As the filmmaker behind “A City At War: Chicago,” Davies shows how World War II couldn’t have been won without the contribution of Chicago and the suburbs.

Constable: Why cemeteries get the last word on what's on your tombstone

Oct 26 2017 | 5:09 am - Those novelty tombstones for Izzy Dead or Bea Fraid are popular every Halloween, but it can be tricky to make sure actual gravestones aren’t too funny, insulting or inappropriate.

Constable: The worst in America can be seen every day on your commute

Oct 24 2017 | 7:27 am - You don’t need to to wade into the political swamp to find the worst in America. Just drive to work.

Constable: For Chicago Cubs fans, 'Wait Till Next Year' has a different meaning this year

Oct 20 2017 | 7:54 am - Fans' dream of a Cubs World Series repeat flew out of Wrigley Field Thursday night as if it had been launched off the bat of the Dodgers' Kike Hernandez. Sad, but not crushing.

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