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: Do you feel spring in your bones?

Apr 17 2018 | 8:11 am - Can your mom’s arthitic knee, grandpa’s trick elbow or your own aches and pains predict the weather? The science is a bit iffy, but folks who “feel it in my bones” have a point.

Cats saved in Cary house fire with aid of oxygen masks

Apr 14 2018 | 11:16 am - Residents escaped a house fire in Cary, but firefighters had to go into the house and use special oxygen masks to save two cats.

Olympic trio visits Norge, where ski jump dreams began

Apr 14 2018 | 9:17 pm - Even with his “USA” backpack, 21-year-old Wauconda native Kevin Bickner looks like just another person in Fox River Grove, trudging his way through the cold, wet wind. That changes the moment Bickner walks into the Norge Ski Club,...

'Remember and do not let the world forget.' Man shares his story on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Apr 13 2018 | 6:24 am - Awakened by an early-morning knock on Rosh Hashanah in 1943, 8-year-old Steen Metz and his parents were sent from their Denmark home to the Theresienstadt concentration camp near Prague. Metz, of Barrington, spent 18 months during World War II at...

Constable: Cubs fans have high hopes for 2018, but it's only been 513 days since World Series win

Mar 29 2018 | 6:24 am - The Cubs open the 2018 season today in Miami, and the expectations couldn’t be higher for us longtime Cubs fans. But the emotional risk is low because we now have a safety net.

“I'm thinking, 'Gee, is 85 supposed to be old?'" Runner, veteran is getting faster

Mar 27 2018 | 6:18 am - One of the oldest runners in Sunday's Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K, 86-year-old Iggy Cascio of Schaumburg not only won his age division, but he also shaved 4 minutes off his winning time from last year.

‘You can play bingo any night.’ 88-year-old former Rambler enjoying Loyola’s run to Elite Eight

Mar 23 2018 | 7:34 am - In a basketball postseason where a 98-year-old nun gets her own bobblehead, 88-year-old Norm Buxbaum, who played for the Loyola Ramblers when they almost won the NIT in 1949, wears his Loyola jersey as he watches Thursday’s game on TV.

What's AdeptiCon? It's wargames meets art and it's coming to Schaumburg

Mar 22 2018 | 12:15 pm - Some come for the strategy. Some come for the art. But AdeptiCon, the miniature wargames convention starting today in Schaumburg, is expected to draw more than 4,000 fans out for fun.

Grant victorious in House Dist. 42 after Burt Minor controversy

Mar 21 2018 | 8:03 am - Amy Grant, a DuPage County Board member from Wheaton, won Tuesday’s Republican primary race for Illinois House District 42.

Constable: Geneva High School fashion competition ends in a tie

Mar 06 2018 | 7:12 am - Fashion experts may disagree about who ruled the red carpet at the Oscars. But Monday’s weekly fashion displays at Geneva High School always end in a tie.

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