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: Finding love not like job hunt

Jun 20 2018 | 1:45 pm - In a world where many of our business and social connections are online, Streamwood author Steven Provenzano says the search for love requires a different skill set.

Constable: Not your stereotypical dad? Try the scotch-infused toothpicks

Jun 14 2018 | 10:57 am - Man stereotypes involving golf, cars, grilling, fishing, drinking and power tools dominate Father's Day gift suggestions. If that model doesn't fit, what about the watch winder or the wooden toothpicks that have been soaked in barrel-aged single...

Arlington Heights man’s ashes will be part of his family’s next Halloween display

Jun 14 2018 | 6:33 am - Michael Podlin of Arlington Heights, whose free and elaborate Halloween displays became an annual spooky tradition, died Monday. He requested that his ashes be included in the family’s 2018 Halloween presentation

Constable: Found pin leads to hero’s story, bond between teen and Gold Star mother

Jun 09 2018 | 5:22 pm - During his eighth-grade class trip to Washington, D.C., Rob Borland of Arlington Heights found a cool pin on the ground near the World War II Memorial. Tracking down the owner give him a history lesson, a connection with a hero, and a new friend.

Constable: Anyone can wave a flag, but true patriotism demands more

Jun 07 2018 | 6:19 am - Our national anthem and flag are symbols of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. But true patriotism demands so much more.

Constable: ‘El Gato Negro,’ Kanye (not that one) and 321 other people running for president

Jun 05 2018 | 6:25 am - A person who never held a political office, speaks from the gut, doesn’t back down, talks a lot about job creation and has come under fire for controversial comments about others is running for president of the United States in 2020. And so...

Constable: Vietnam bracelets still make bold statement

May 27 2018 | 7:42 am - In the 1970s, metal bracelets featuring the names of United States servicemen captured or missing in action during the Vietnam War were a popular fashion statement for young people. Those bracelets still make a statement.

He overcame a horrific childhood. Now his story is a movie.

May 24 2018 | 8:49 am - Once told he had no chance to overcome a horrific childhood of neglect and abuse, Steve Pemberton of Highland Park will bring his wife and their three teenagers to New York City for Wednesday’s premiere of “A Chance in the World,”...

Man lost his stomach to cancer, and it fed his spiritual growth

May 22 2018 | 6:28 am - Wauconda’s Kevin Barnes was a charitable and God-loving person. Then he lost his stomach to cancer, and made a discovery.

‘I love you, so I’m hitting you’: Mother, daughter bond through boxing

May 10 2018 | 6:13 am - There are lots of ways for mothers and daughters to bond. Kathleen and Brianna Jones say they grow closer through boxing, even when they’re sparring together. The mom just won her Golden gloves division, and the 17-year-old daughter would like...

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