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: No Arrieta fans in Spanish town of Arrieta

Apr 27 2016 | 11:51 pm - Cubs ace Jake Arrieta is pitching his team into uncharted territory. And the small Spanish fishing village of Arrieta couldn’t care less.

Elgin computer programmer becomes Neil Diamond tribute artist

Apr 24 2016 | 6:46 am - Two big breaks transformed one-time Elgin computer programmer Dennis Svehla into Denny Diamond, the Neil Diamond tribute artist finishing a gig on stage today in Las Vegas.

Constable: Schwarber’s knee will fare better than Gale Sayers’ did

Apr 21 2016 | 12:31 am - The serious knee injury that shortened the career of Bears great Gale Sayers shouldn’t cause those kind of problems for Kyle Schwarber. The young Cubs slugger underwent surgery Tuesday to have his knee rebuilt and is expected to return to...

Constable: Timberlake, McConaughey moving to suburbs, according to ‘news’

Apr 19 2016 | 9:47 am - According to Burt Constable’s Facebook “news” feed, Justin Timberlake has a thing for Mount Prospect women. Matthew McConaughey is moving to Palatine. And Bill Murray already had laid claim to Bolingbrook.

Constable: Earth Day just another in Grayslake teen’s environmental life

Apr 16 2016 | 6:49 pm - Before she hit her teen years, Abby Goldberg extended the Earth Day celebration into an entire week. Now the 16-year-old Grayslake student is an award-winning environmentalist.

Constable: 'Goat be with you' designer hoping this is year for sales

Apr 14 2016 | 6:53 am - Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo can expect instant sales when he promotes his new “RizzO's” honey nut toasted oats cereal. Long-suffering Cubs fan Angelos Theotokatos of Arlington Heights dreams of such success as he markets his unique Cubs...

Wrigley security boost: Metal detectors and more netting

Apr 11 2016 | 10:53 pm - The new metal detectors outside Wrigley Field should protect Chicago Cubs fans from deranged gunmen and terrorists aiming to launch attacks inside the ballpark. But the more useful protective device might be the new netting designed to save the...

Constable: Hats make Lindenhurst cancer patient better

Apr 11 2016 | 9:42 am - We’ve all seen the cancer patients who don a scarf or comfy hat as their treatment makes their hair fall out. Cathy Nilson of Lindenhurst has a closet full of headwear options, thanks to friends who’ve sent her 78 hats and counting.

Constable: Cubs are 2-0! This is rarer than you think

Apr 07 2016 | 5:03 am - Compiling a two-game win streak to start a baseball season is rarefied air for the Chicago Cubs and their fans.

Constable: College tours great but no cause for angst

Apr 05 2016 | 5:50 am - The spring break college tour is a staple for suburban parents and high school kids looking for the perfect institute of higher learning. But that college decision isn’t the most important question in life.

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