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: Even a Cardinals sweep can’t faze Cubs fans

Jun 23 2016 | 6:16 am - The Cubs get swept by the dreaded Cardinals. Pessimists see the Cubs’ glass half-empty. Optimistic Cubs fans at North Shore Sports Bar & Grill in Glen Ellyn see the bartender refilling that glass.

Constable: Breaking mother-in-law stereotype

Jun 21 2016 | 5:51 am - On TV shows of my youth, such as “Bewitched,” the mother-in-law was always such a horrific character. My mother-in-law, Jean. whose funeral is Tuesday, was so not that character.

Constable: Orlando shooting shows power of final words to loved ones

Jun 18 2016 | 4:52 pm - Trapped in a nightclub where a killer was methodically slaughtering people, some victims used their cell phones to send final messages. Do those last conversations add to the feelings of hopelessness and horror, or do they comfort surviving family...

Constable: Cubs fan not shaving half his face until World Series win

Jun 16 2016 | 4:46 pm - Lifelong Cubs fan Don Miller, Sr., of Palatine is all in. But half of his beard is waiting until the Cubs actually win the World Series.

Constable: Easier to curb carnage than hate

Jun 14 2016 | 4:04 pm - Our worlds of hate collided when an American-born gunman pledged allegiance to ISIS before massacuring people at a gay nightclub. Curbing hate is difficult. But we could take steps to dial back the carnage caused by hate.

Constable: '36 Olympic swimming champ still swimming in Wadsworth

Jun 12 2016 | 8:09 am - On the cusp of his 98th birthday, Adolph Kiefer swims every morning at his home in Wadsworth. But Kiefer has a lifetime of more impressive swimming accomplishments, including that gold medal he won for the U.S. during the 1936 Olympics in Adolf...

Dragon boats racing but dragon needs a name

Jun 11 2016 | 5:14 pm - Dragon boat races on the Fox River have been part of the annual St. Charles festival for a quarter of a century. But with the new name of Festival of the Fox, the summer tradition also has added a costumed dragon mascot, and a contest to name the...

Constable: Ali in boxing, Kareem in NBA. But baseball’s greatest Muslim player is ...

Jun 09 2016 | 6:13 am - Muhammad Ali holds the top spot as American’s greatest Muslim athlete. Kareem Abdul Jabbar still reigns as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, and the best of many Muslims in basketball. The best Muslim to play football, hockey, soccer or...

Constable: Doctor sees Prince's death bring painkiller abuse awareness

Jun 07 2016 | 4:39 pm - In the wake of the report showing Prince died of an opiate overdose, the Center for Addiction Medicine at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates knows that sad story well. Prescription painkiller overdoses kill more Americans...

Constable: A different world when Cubs last lost an Arrieta game

Jun 02 2016 | 8:15 am - The last time the Cubs didn’t win a game that Jake Arrieta started, Bernie Sanders was at 15 percent in the polls and pundits were suggesting that Scott Walker might emerge as Jeb Bush’s main challenger after Donald Trump’s...

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