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: ‘Bleacher Bums’ live on in updated version

Sep 28 2016 | 10:58 pm - Just as these 2016 Chicago Cubs are not your father’s Cubs, or your grandfather’s, or your great-grandfather’s, or your great-great-grandfather’s, the 2016 version of the classic “Bleacher Bums” play puts a new...

Constable: Cafe serves up help after waitress’ son has near-fatal brain hemorrhage

Sep 25 2016 | 8:13 am - A waitress at Jelly Cafe in Mount Prospect, Rosie Rodriguez got a call from the school nurse saying her son had a headache. Not long after her boss got there to drop off some chewable painkillers, 11-year-old Dary was in a helicopter headed for...

Constable: Fan’s boyhood treasures go to Mr. Cub

Sep 22 2016 | 11:09 am - Waiting for our Central Division champs to start the playoffs proves surprisingly tricky for Cubs fans who should be accustomed to waiting. So we’ll kill some time by letting a longtime Cubs fan tell how his childhood treasures ended up with...

Constable: Bullying knows no bounds

Sep 20 2016 | 9:06 am - Bullying isn't just confined to little kids and middle school. That destructive behavior can inflict colleges, workplaces and even senior centers.

Constable: How suburban Muslim parents explain 9/11 to kids

Sep 11 2016 | 12:12 pm - Children too young to remember Sept. 11 have grown up in a world shaped by that event. That history plays a role in our future, and explaining it all is a challenge, especially for suburban Muslim parents.

Constable: Who wore No. 17 better? Bryant or Grace?

Sep 08 2016 | 9:38 am - Walking around Wrigley Field, it's jarring to see an old No. 17 Cubs jersey sporting the name “Grace.” That's Kris Bryant's number now, baby.

Constable: Paraplegic mentor goes mermaid to help kids

Sep 04 2016 | 7:27 am - As the passenger in a 2014 car crash, Kelsey Ibach was in such pain that she couldn’t help but think about dying. Now, the 27-year-old Arlington Heights native, paralyzed from the waist down, helps children with disabilities scuba dive, and...

Constable: Cubs are lovable losers but not chokers

Sep 01 2016 | 5:41 am - The Cubs roll into September with fans no longer hoping for a shot at the playoffs, but actually updating online calendars to make sure there are no conflicts with World Series games. Is a choke even possible?

Constable: Meet the 'Frankenstein' of pretty paperweights

Aug 30 2016 | 5:41 am - Somewhere under the clutter of papers on my desk is a glass paperweight about to be laid to waste by the “Frankenstein of Cary.” An auction will give villagers a chance to enter this world by buying paperweights from the Art Institute of...

Constable: A year after Gliniewicz, Fox Lake endures

Sep 01 2016 | 10:08 am - Last year, Fox Lake was preparing for the last hurrah of summer boating and fishing when a police officer shot dead put the Lake County town in the national spotlight. A hero’s funeral, a heartbreaking betrayal and a sickening scandal quickly...

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