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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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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...

Why Burt can’t rescue wife’s birthday from clutches of summer

Aug 04 2014 | 8:52 pm - Burt Constable: My wife has celebrated 30 birthdays with me at her side, and I'm still struggling to give her a great celebration. Her birthday competes with my relatives' reunion, summer vacations and even Lollapalooza.

Palatine business mediates who gets dog in divorces

Aug 03 2014 | 8:43 am - The letter of the law still says pets, like lamps and tables, are property to be owned, not sentient beings with rights. But experts in animal law say attitudes are changing.

Chicago gets rare chance to bask in Hall of Fame glory

Jul 27 2014 | 7:45 am - Baseball is supposed to distract us from the wars, chaos and tragedies. Sometimes, especially for Chicago fans, baseball merely adds to our burdens. But Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tony La Russa gave us something special. And today, they'll all...

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