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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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...

How Santa keeps his cool at Banana Split’s Christmas in July

Jul 21 2014 | 4:44 pm - Nothing cools you off on a hot day like sitting outside the elf house on Santa's lap near a Christmas tree as you wait for your Frozen Hot Chocolate and Gingerbread Flurrie. The Banana Split in Aurora uses its Christmas in July to have fun and...

Composed Maine South song, wrote book, and BTW, dated Hillary

Jul 20 2014 | 8:08 am - Gary Koca of Pingree Grove wrote the Maine South High School fight song, broadcast games with radio partner Steve Goodman years before "Go, Cubs, Go," and would rather talk about his book, "Forgotten Movie Stars of the 30's, 40's and 50's." But it's...

Specialization not really key to kids’ sports success

Jul 16 2014 | 6:58 pm - The days when kids played sports instead of organized sports is long gone. Now it seems that organized sports is becoming the singular organized sport for most young athletes.

U.S. president from Palatine, Cubs in the World Series?

Jul 15 2014 | 4:16 pm - At the All-Star break, the last-place Cubs are a long way from the World Series. But in his new book, "Killing the Curse," author Dennis Hetzel, who grew up in the suburbs, tells of the Cubs playing for it all during a tense drama revolving around a...

Batavia woman epitomizes triumph over death

Jul 13 2014 | 6:01 am - A 57-year-old Batavia woman and heart transplant recipient is vying for a swimming medal today at the Transplant Games in Houston. “I was lying in a hospital bed near death, and look at me now,” she says. “It's such an amazing...

Running with bulls annual reminder of suburban tragedy

Jul 09 2014 | 4:26 pm - Every time I see news coverage of the bulls running through the streets of Pamplona, or see the annual spectacle mined for entertainment or comedy in a TV commercial, I think of Matthew Tassio. The Glen Ellyn native remains the only American to be...

Why we don't see lightning bugs in the suburbs

Jul 08 2014 | 8:30 am - Fireworks, legal and otherwise, lit up our skies for days. But one light is missing, and suburbanites probably share some of the blame. Spring floods, chemicals on yards and outdoor lighting make it tough for lightning bugs to show their stuff.

Anime Midwest in Rosemont home to the fantastical

Jul 06 2014 | 9:12 am - Almost 10,000 fans of Japanese animation convened in Rosemont this weekend for an event that features bizarre costumes, foam weapons, formal dances and plenty of free ramen. “I like dressing up,” says Abbi Witt, 15, of Cary, who's...

World Cup fandom that's beyond rose-colored glasses

Jul 01 2014 | 4:56 am - The success and hopes for the U.S. team has Americans seeing the World Cup through new eyes this time around. But will any fans see matches through red-white-and-blue contact lenses? Online shoppers can buy USA lenses featuring some white stars on a...

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