2014 readers choice results

Burt Constable


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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Support rising for couple with flood-ravaged mobile home

Apr 17 2014 | 5:21 am - Unable to qualify for FEMA assistance after flood ravaged their mobile home a year ago, Michael Masalski and Marjorie Branly of Elk Grove Township are getting help from local salesman Dan Whalen, members of Luthern Trinity churches and others intent...

Harper prof squeezes century of local mob hits into book

Apr 15 2014 | 5:27 am - What is it about the Chicago mob that still fascinates us? Harper College professor Wayne Johnson shares his thoughts in his new book detailing more than 1,400 mob hits since the 1920s. “You know what makes it so insidious? Their ability to...

Tight wedding ring, other subtle changes pointed to tumor

Apr 13 2014 | 8:08 am - When Phil Van Duyne hit middle age and discovered his wedding ring got a little snug, it wasn't because of his diet or a lack of exercise. The Roselle engineer and contractor had a tumor linked to gigantism. “I just thought we were getting...

Racial turbulence couldn't ground suburban pilot

Apr 10 2014 | 9:19 am - Knowing longtime suburban resident William R. Norwood as the groundbreaking pilot whose name graces the Boeing 727 United jet on permanent display at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, it's shocking to hear him tell how his esteemed career...

Ant invasion, dog bite part of ‘best family vacation ever’

Apr 08 2014 | 5:45 am - With college for our 18-year-old twin sons looming, my wife pulls out all the stops for this year’s spring break. Instead of our usual quick getaway to Indianapolis, Springfield, Milwaukee or St. Louis, she plans the ultimate family vacation...

West Dundee native leads dorm with goal of inclusion

Apr 06 2014 | 6:30 am - Bullied as a kid growing up in West Dundee, Brandon Rohlwing thought about suicide. Now he is the leader of the new alternative gender floor of his dorm at Roosevelt University and a spokesman for a worldwide suicide-prevention group.

Suburban fans find Opening Day at Wrigley plenty cool

Apr 04 2014 | 5:35 pm - Friday’s Opening Day fans help the Cubs celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field with dreams of a modern championship team and a ballpark to match -- OK, maybe not a renovated ballpark or a championship just yet. “This is my...

Sox fans relish perfect past, hope for future, live in present

Apr 01 2014 | 4:57 am - White Sox fans kicked off the 2014 baseball season by reminiscing about past glories while considering the mediocre present just a means to a future success. “Build for the future,” says fan Patrick Nelson. “That’s what...

Community helping Schaumburg parents of boy with severe disabilities

Mar 30 2014 | 8:08 am - When a child has severe disabilities that require round-the-clock care, insurance doesn't come close to providing all that is needed. Friends and family of Jeff and Stacy Fulkerson are hosting a fundraiser with the hope of buying a van that could...

Officially, winter gives way to spring today

Mar 20 2014 | 5:20 am - “Come, gentle Spring! Ethereal mildness, come,” poet James Thompson of Scotland wrote in 1728. But the kilt-friendly, Scottish winter of 1727-28 was nothing compared to our long-underwear-required suburban winter of discontent in 2013-14.

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