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: Dementia can add stress to Mother’s Day, and vice versa

May 13 2017 | 5:46 pm - Mother’s Day gives you the chance to remember your mom. That becomes more challenging if your mom’s dementia means she might not remember you.

Constable: Jon Jay not quite John Jay

May 11 2017 | 12:26 am - New Chicago Cubs center-fielder Jon Jay has been so good, he’s already got his name on a Mount Prospect school. Sort of.

Constable: Still time to find talent, pleasure once pressure is gone

May 09 2017 | 6:07 am - Columnist Burt Constable says change is intimidating, even frightening. But trying something new has plenty of rewards.

Constable: Race for ‘too small’ charities now a big deal

May 03 2017 | 11:24 pm - Started as a way to help a few charities that are too small to stage their own fundraising walks and races, the DuPage Human Race has grown into an institution.

Constable: A month on horseback helps ‘urban cowgirls’ heal

Apr 30 2017 | 7:50 am - Traveling by horseback for a month, self-proclaimed “urban cowgirls” Megan Gray and Susan Brown pack light. They say they are able to leave all their physical and emotional baggage at home because “horses heal.”

Constable: Quakers still have friends in suburbs

Apr 23 2017 | 8:31 am - Quakers aren’t the Shakers who make the furniture. They aren’t Amish. And they aren’t typified by the Quaker pictured on the oatmeal container, but they are an interesting group.

Constable: A Haeger Potteries artist’s quest to find his colossal vase

Apr 15 2017 | 4:46 pm - As a master potter with Haeger Potteries, Sebastiano Maglio created the world’s largest hand-thrown vase in 1976. The famous pottery closed last year and many museum quality pieces were auctioned off. But the retired artist in East Dundee...

Constable: What it was like for suburban fans to deliver World Series rings

Apr 13 2017 | 6:08 am - The next best thing to being a World Series Champion Chicago Cub is being one of the lucky fans who personally delivers the championship rings to the players during Wednesday’s ring ceremony at Wrigley Field.

Constable: Murray brother knows Cubs, golf fashion

Apr 10 2017 | 8:47 am - Not as famous as his big brother, actor Joel Murray helps run the William Murray Golf clothing line, and has plenty of his own Cubs memories.

Constable: Banners rise, bullpens fall

Apr 11 2017 | 9:07 am - Fans love the addition of banners hailing the Chicago Cubs as 2016 World Champions. As for the rest of the night, fans are sorry to see the bullpens no longer on the field, but they are happy to see an infamous seat down the leftfield line vanish.

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