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: Dam on Fox River can’t stop flooding, but it helps

Jul 23 2017 | 9:03 am - In 1907, members of the Fox River Navigable Waterway Association secured a federal permit to build a wooden dam across the Fox River. The Stratton Dam that sits there now is a complicated piece of engineering that plays a key role in flood control.

Constable: Traveling Cubs fans reach road milestones in Atlanta

Jul 20 2017 | 6:09 am - Watching the Chicago Cubs sweep their series against the Braves at the new SunTrust Park in Atlanta, lifelong Cubs fans Fred Allman of Addison and Ted Reineking of Schaumburg reach a few milestones of their own.

Constable: Is that dog a service animal, a pet or none of your business?

Jul 18 2017 | 5:55 am - That “service animal” might appear to be a pet to you, but the law is clear.

Constable: Author still walks with angels 25 years later

Jul 15 2017 | 4:10 pm - An Arlington Heights mother of five, Joan Wester Anderson was determined to write a book about angels regardless of whether anybody would buy it. Her “Walk With Angels,” a best seller for more than a year, sold more than 2 million...

Palatine firefighter family bids farewell to early volunteer

Jul 08 2017 | 5:29 pm - Longtime Palatine resident and volunteer firefighter George Palmer Jr. was remembered at a memorial service Saturday. He was on hand when three of his colleagues died on a call at a downtown store in 1973.

3 firefighters hurt in Cary home blaze

Jul 08 2017 | 5:35 pm - A firefighter fell into a burning basement and two others received minor injuries while fighting a house fire Friday in unincorporated McHenry County.

Constable: Politics can’t make Cubs great again

Jul 06 2017 | 7:37 am - We love Independence Day, but we’re not always thrilled by independent thinkers on our Chicago Cubs.

Constable: After nearly dying, former top MLB prospect becomes motivational speaker

Jun 29 2017 | 6:06 am - As the hardest-throwing college pitcher in 1995, Alvie Shepherd hoped to pitch and hit for the Chicago Cubs. Instead, he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles, where injuries broke his dreams and sent him on a downward spiral for 13 years. Now, he's...

Constable: Cubs' Javy Baez bares it all on ESPN magazine cover

Jun 22 2017 | 10:37 am - The Cubs' Javier Baez provides us with all the nudes that are fit to print, and some photos that aren't.

Constable: Life-saving kidney a gift from dad

Jun 17 2017 | 6:01 pm - It’s always cool for a dad to see a bit of himself in his kids. But for Garrett Hummel of North Aurora, his kidney saved his son’s life.

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