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: Candy no longer dandy, and online daters better at love

Feb 11 2016 | 9:11 am - People often gripe about “political correctness” and exalt those good old days. But Valentine's Day at most schools is so much better today. Surprisingly, online dating shows evidence of being better than the old-fashioned ways, too.

Constable: For some folks, February is 'divorce season'

Feb 09 2016 | 10:33 am - In his classic “The Waste Land,” poet T.S. Eliot proclaimed April as “the cruelest month.” But February can make a case for being pretty nasty, too.

Images: Icons of Volo

Feb 04 2016 | 10:11 am - Spending an afternoon in Volo proves to be scenic.

Constable: The hair Arlington Heights barber has seen in 50 years

Feb 07 2016 | 8:28 am - Kids who came to him in the 1960s to get their long hair trimmed still come to Caesar Sorrento as men to get their short gray hair trimmed. This month, Sorrento starts his 50th year of being a barber at Sorrentino's Barber Shop in downtown Arlington...

Champion Bears hold up a lot better than Super Bowl XX ads

Feb 05 2016 | 10:09 am - Ron Rivera might be the only thing from Super Bowl XX still going strong in Super Bowl 50. ESPN recently aired the story of the 1986 Super Bowl champion Bears. But everything from the commercials to the halftime show makes it clear that a lot has...

Constable: O.J. miniseries tough for Ron Goldman's family

Feb 02 2016 | 12:52 am - FX's American Crime Story miniseries “The People vs. O.J. Simpson” features big-name actors and lots of drama. But at its center are two dead people, including a Buffalo Grove native whose family changed forever in a moment.

Constable: When opera and ‘Dummies’ collide

Jan 31 2016 | 1:38 pm - Palatine native Bill Dyszel has made a living singing with the New York City Opera and writing “Microsoft Outlook for Dummies” and 20 other books in the Dummies series. He’s returning to the suburbs Feb. 27 with a critically...

Constable: Wheaton man takes on ‘Broken Skull’

Jan 27 2016 | 11:45 pm - Hungry for the physical competition he enjoyed as a high school wrestler and football player, Wheaton’s Todd Carroll takes part in “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge.” Tune in Sunday on the CMT network to see how he did.

Constable: Dying woman’s final wish zings Clinton

Jan 26 2016 | 12:22 am - You can take it with you, if “it” is your political opinion. An Arlington Heights woman’s obituary shuns flowers in pursuit of one last political barb — against Hillary Clinton

Constable: Suburban blind activists seek accessible Internet

Jan 24 2016 | 9:29 am - The battle for civil rights has many fronts. Local lobbyists for the National Federation of the Blind will travel to Washington, D.C., next week, seeking a more accessible Internet and fair wages.

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