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: Can Cubs fans grow tired of winning?

Sep 21 2017 | 8:11 am - The Chicago Cubs grow closer to locking up a third straight year of postseason baseball for the first time since that glorious 1906 through 1908 run. Might fans get as jaded about those early rounds of the playoffs as Blackhawks fans?

Constable: Blowing shofar sets tone for Rosh Hashanah message

Sep 19 2017 | 8:25 am - The Jewish High Holy Days begin at sundown Wednesday with the inspiring sound from an animal horn. But the ancient art of blowing a shofar takes skill, which Orin Rotman of Congregation Beth Judea in Long Grove has been teaching since 1988.

Military convoy sets history in motion Saturday at DuPage County Fairgrounds

Sep 16 2017 | 4:53 pm - A convoy of 60 antique Jeeps, motorcycles and trucks roll out of the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton shortly after sunrise Saturday to begin the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s 2017 cross-country trip.

Constable: Why Cubs fans should embrace tension of pennant race

Sep 14 2017 | 8:41 am - A little suspense should add to enjoyment for Chicago Cubs fans, who need to embrace the tension and enjoy the ride.

Constable: How Elk Grove Village company finds success with 'old' models

Sep 10 2017 | 8:44 am - In this age when every kid seems tethered to an electronic device, model-maker Revell, of Elk Grove Village, continues to find success making the latest “Star Wars” models and other devices that people actually put together by following...

Constable: Cubs boast impressive all-time dream team of immigrants

Sep 06 2017 | 11:03 pm - Since signing the first immigrant in 1894, the team now known as the World Champion Chicago Cubs can boast an all-time dream team of foreign-born players.

Constable: Chorale groups keep seniors in tune

Sep 03 2017 | 6:48 pm - Started with the mission of being a good outlet for older people interested in the arts, Encore Illinois performs throughout the suburbs with seven choral groups and 400 singers under the direction of CEO Jonathan Miller.

Constable: This 'empty-nester' more of a 'nest 40-percent full' guy

Aug 29 2017 | 6:01 am - Now that our three sons are all in college, people ask how my wife and I are doing as “empty-nesters.” That moniker just doesn't seem right.

Life with disabilities inspires newfound abilities in others

Aug 26 2017 | 7:14 pm - A moment two years ago with a Schaumburg family coping with a severely disabled son inspired a couple of Elmhurst College freshmen. Now juniors, Lili Herrera and Katie Mantych have founded a charity and organized a Sept. 10 fundraiser at the school...

Constable: It turns out Wrigley Field night games are good for Cubs

Aug 17 2017 | 5:46 am - Although it goes against old-school tradition, the Chicago Cubs are a better team under the lights at Wrigley Field.

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