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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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Elk Grove Village girl pursues dolphin trainer dream

Aug 31 2014 | 6:38 am - As a kindergartener in Elk Grove Village, Mallory Marra just knew that she wanted to grow up to be a dolphin trainer. Now, as a trainer at Florida's Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Marra is thrilled to be working with the dolphin stars in the movie...

Late columnist’s spy novel hits silver screen

Aug 28 2014 | 12:31 pm - A newspaper man who wrote novels, the late Daily Herald columnist Bill Granger clearly would have something to say about one of his books being made into a movie starring Pierce Brosnan. But what?

Girl who used periwinkle to best leukemia blossoms into comic

Aug 24 2014 | 12:43 am - In 1997, 8-year-old Lisa Mongillo of Arlington Heights took a Make-A-Wish trip to Hawaii to see the periwinkle flower used to make one of the leukemia drugs doctors hoped would save her life. Now, she's a comedy writer and performer appearing in a...

Constable: National Guard recruiting, roles evolving

Aug 20 2014 | 4:42 pm - Surburban students heading off to college get a pitch from the National Guard, telling teens how they can "graduate from college with a degree, not debt." With the Guard having served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and now trying to keep the peace in...

Constable: Brace yourself for World War Zucchini!

Aug 19 2014 | 5:34 am - Every year as summer moves closer to fall, we suburbanites must steel ourselves for the onslaught of World War Z. Those who aren't vigilant end up with more zucchini than we know what to do with. And that number is one.

Constable: Worried refugees in suburbs help families in Iraq

Aug 17 2014 | 7:52 am - Settling into their new lives as suburbanites iin DuPage County, recent Iraqi immigrants worry about the loved ones who remain in the war-torn nation, targeted by Islamic militants. World Relief in Wheaton has offered support.

Pole dancers strip away stereotypes in championship

Aug 14 2014 | 6:32 am - This isn't your pervy uncle's pole dancing. The pole-dancing championship this weekend in St. Charles features gymnastics, athleticism and performances from suburban performers as well as last year's champion--a 26-year-old man. “That's the...

Barrington veteran creates charity to help spouses of wounded

Aug 14 2014 | 3:05 pm - While many charities help the wounded warriors who come home from military service with physical and mental complications, a Barrington woman and her partner have created an organization to help the overburdened caretakers.

Couple's video follows as joy turns to dread — and back

Aug 10 2014 | 6:38 am - The happy time-lapse video chronicling her pregnancy and the birth of their son was nearing the finish line for Arlington Heights native Rob Marshall and his wife, Erin, when a life-threatening heart defect changed everything.

Couples aiming for world record on vow renewals

Aug 07 2014 | 2:03 am - Whether you've been married 50 years or just tied the knot last weekend, you could add to those memories by being part of a suburban attempt this month to break a world record. A Schaumburg jeweler and hotel hope to attract more than 1,087 couples...

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