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: A year after Gliniewicz, Fox Lake endures

Aug 27 2016 | 11:25 pm - 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...

Constable: How Cubs fans celebrated a century before Twitter

Aug 25 2016 | 6:31 am - This summer’s championship dreams for Chicago Cubs fans send Bruce Reinger of Mount Prospect to his attic stash of keepsakes from the last time the Cubs won the World Series. Reinger’s grandfather and his buddies drew intricate cartoons...

Constable: How a deacon’s quest helps cows battle malaria in Uganda

Aug 22 2016 | 11:38 pm - In his post as a deacon with the Catholic Church, Don Grossnickle finds himself drawn into causes, starting with his work to get help for young football players paralyzed by injuries. Now, he’s taking on a more global cause: cows fighting...

Constable: New Cubs feeling inspires new Cubs song

Aug 18 2016 | 12:20 am - The Chicago Cubs inspired longtime radio newsman Stew Cohen to write a new Cubs anthem. Local band Vertical Jam will perform it live for the first time Friday at the musical festival in Carpentersville.

Constable: Police raid leaves Antioch woman homeless

Aug 14 2016 | 8:39 am - A 72-year-old woman whose Antioch townhouse was raided by police responding to a barricade situation with a renter says broken windows and tear gas have left her homeless.

Constable: This is a good meaningless August for Cubs fans

Aug 10 2016 | 11:22 pm - The dog days of August used to feature meaningless Cubs games where the only drama was whether Jose Cardenal could end the season with a .300 batting average. This August features meaningless Cubs games as fans dream about October.

Constable: Metro water district holding contest to name our poop

Aug 08 2016 | 4:31 pm - The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago figures it can sell biosolids — the byproducts of sewage treatment — to consumers. But first, it needs a contest winner to come up with a catchy name for the stuff.

‘Presidential candidates’ work together at Mundelein cardboard boat race

Aug 06 2016 | 5:26 pm - The competition wasn’t as fierce as the Rio Olympic Games, but the water of Diamond Lake was clean and inviting for those rowing makeshift boats Saturday in the Mundelein Park & Recreation District’s Cardboard Regatta.

Constable: How Chapman clouds some Cubs fans’ sunny season

Aug 03 2016 | 11:42 pm - It’s a glorious season for Cubs fans. But for Cubs fans working to curb the mistreatment of women, that silver lining still comes with a cloud — Aroldis Chapman.

Constable: Playing cards are stars when ‘trump’ confined to euchre

Aug 02 2016 | 5:41 am - Between the humidity and the buttery fingers from snacking on sweet corn, the cards in our euchre game are becoming tough to shuffle. So my partner offers to grab fresh cards from his stash of more than 600 decks of playing cards. He’d fit in...

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