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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Jews observe High Holy Days in Catholic church

Sep 30 2014 | 5:48 am - In a show of cooperation between Christians and Jews, Holy Family Church in Inverness will host the Beth Tikvah congregation of Hoffman Estates for Yom Kippur. The trickiest part is hiding the 2,000-pound cross with Jesus.

Constable: When singles rule the majority

Sep 28 2014 | 5:57 am - For the first time in state's history, single adults make up more than half the population of Illinois. What does this mean for the suburban stereotype of a husband, wife, son, daughter and an adorable dog?

Constable: Cubs move me to erect video scoreboard

Sep 25 2014 | 5:17 am - To make room for the future of Wrigley Field, the Cubs push some of us out of our regular seats to make room for the new video scoreboard control room. Fans will adapt, promises a 90-year-old Cubs fan who learned to live without "Ladies' Day."

Constable: Tweets joking about abuse lead to awareness opportunities

Sep 22 2014 | 5:22 pm - “It's a knockout deal,” read the tweet offering 20 percent discounts at Cheesie's Pub and Grub. “We're calling it the Ray Rice ;)” “I was so sad to see that, because I personally love Cheesie's,” says Karli...

Pumpkins the elixir of life for Elk Grove author

Sep 21 2014 | 1:08 am - Bombarded with come-ons for pumpkin lattes, pumpkin shakes, pumpkin beer and even pumpkin Pop Tarts, suburbanites may be sick of pumpkin before that first fall taste of pumpkin pie. Not Marilyn Alice Tuckman, author of "For the Love of Pumpkins."...

Constable: TV can offer escape, but NFL sadly reflects reality for shelters

Sep 18 2014 | 8:27 am - Television can offer a respite from reality. But for the women and children victims of abuse seeking haven in suburban shelters, the NFL's "Thursday Night Football" broadcast offers plenty of news about the violence that they are trying to escape.

Elk Grove’s Pizza 4 Patriots? How about Operation Cookie Drop

Sep 15 2014 | 8:18 pm - In 2008, a simple idea to send a few pizzas to soldiers overseas turned into Pizzas 4 Patriots. That spawned Packages 4 Patriots. Now, those groups are working together with Operation Cookie Drop, a plan to deliver 13,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies...

Constable: Citizen scientists research birds and bees

Sep 14 2014 | 1:35 am - You don't have to be part of a research lab, wear a white coat or even have a degree to be an important part of scientific research. There are hundreds of opportunities for "citizen scientists" to weigh in on everything from bugs to dogs to space to...

Constable: A happy time — with a side of sadness

Sep 11 2014 | 4:55 am - The family moments are a little forced, but the sentiments behind them are painfully real. As we drop off our 18-year-old twin sons at college, my wife and I realize our family will never by the same.

From brother's Woodstock-like fest to Goodstock benefit

Sep 07 2014 | 7:47 am - The wild Woodstock-like music fest on the Constable family farm outside Goodland, Ind., 33 years ago set the foundation for this month's Goodstock benefit concert featuring a suburban band.

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