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: Mattress tales of Washington, Lincoln, Garfield and Trump

Feb 21 2017 | 6:14 am - It's unclear how Presidents Day became synonymous with mattress sales, but presidents from George Washington to the current occupant of the White House have a mattress story.

Constable: Suburban musician, piano-tuner wins Grammy

Feb 20 2017 | 1:17 pm - Musician and piano-tuner Matt Ponio of Island Lake needs to update his resume after being part of a Grammy-winning team.

Constable: Special Olympics skaters upset over loss of sports

Feb 07 2017 | 6:30 am - For athletes with developmental disabilities, the Special Olympics' annual figure skating, speed skating and cross-country ski competition has been their Super Bowl. This month's events will be the last, as Special Olympics Illinois is pulling the...

Constable: Naperville native turns dying books into living art

Feb 06 2017 | 9:47 am - Growing up in Naperville, Brian Dettmer learned to respect books. Now the acclaimed artist delicately eviscerates them, turning old books into new works of art.

Constable: Veganism ‘just a phase?’ Not if Wheeling cafe can help it

Feb 02 2017 | 6:05 am - Well-meaning people assure my wife and me, “Don’t worry. It’s just a phase” — they’re talking about my 17-year-old son’s vegan lifestyle.

Constable: McHenry County teen fiddles away her political stress

Jan 31 2017 | 6:14 am - Airport protesters singing “This Land is Your Land” doesn’t surprise Gloria Rae Mussared, the state’s champion fiddler from Richmond.

Constable: The stars, surprises of inaugural hoopla

Jan 18 2017 | 11:55 pm - Inauguration Day activities aren’t always a window into the soul of our new president. James Brown, the godfather of soul, performed his hit “Say it Loud — I’m Black and I’m Proud” at an event for a...

Constable: After slow start in race relations, Cubs are catching up

Jan 17 2017 | 5:42 am - Our nation’s first black president honors the World Series champion Chicago Cubs on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All of that seemed pretty unlikely not that long ago.

Constable: Young hoopster makes Bulls as artist

Jan 15 2017 | 6:01 pm - Former Buffalo Grove High School basketball player Dave Zarzynski now is making an impact with the Chicago Bulls — as an artist.

New questions you might hear at this year’s Cubs Convention

Jan 12 2017 | 9:30 pm - The first 31 annual Cubs Conventions heard a common refrain from fans: “When are you going to win a World Series?” Here are seven new questions you might hear from fans of the World Series Champion Cubs at this year’s...

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