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: Officer’s death yields ugly rush to judgment on social media

Sep 02 2015 | 10:56 pm - In our rush to judgment, today's social media society rushes to a lot of misjudgments. That's an ugly, divisive habit, and it needs to stop.

70 years later, POW camp horrors are still fresh

Sep 01 2015 | 9:54 am - As a prisoner of war, Tony Gargano learned that World War II had ended when he woke up in his prison camp to discover the Japanese guards were gone. He'll mark Wednesday's 70th anniversary of the victory over Japan with a trip to the World War II...

Constable: Wheaton College grad has made fighting poverty his life's work

Aug 30 2015 | 6:40 am - A Wheaton College graduate has spent most of his career with not-for-profit charities trying to help poor people in far-away lands. His new venture in the Philippines grew from experience and a bit of fate.

Constable: Golden Gate cop, suicide experts agree listening is key

Aug 27 2015 | 7:23 am - A book by a police officer who has talked more than 200 people out of jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge brings needed attention to the issue, says Barrington's Anne Gulotta, who serves on the board of the Illinois chapter of the American Foundation...

Constable: Even in prison, rape is no joke

Aug 25 2015 | 12:02 pm - No matter how you became aware of it — from friends on Facebook, strangers on Twitter or even the New York Post newspaper — the comment in question remains nothing more than a rape joke. The punch line is that Jared Fogle, the formerly...

Constable: What about selling mattresses for school fundraiser?

Aug 20 2015 | 12:52 am - To support a kid's team, band, troop, church or club, you've probably bought candy. light bulbs and wrapping paper and let kids wash your minivan. Now, thanks to the Batavia Music Buffs, you can buy mattresses.

Constable: School shoppers can't write off pencils

Aug 19 2015 | 6:47 am - As students and parents stock up on new school supplies, the old-school pencils and pens still make their mark.

Constable: Marfan family urges early detection, treatment

Aug 15 2015 | 7:49 am - Given a choice between a Disney World vacation and a medical convention, sisters Nicole and Melanie Mendez of Hoffman Estates always pick the annual Marfan Foundation Annual Family Conference. That's one place the girls feel comfortable, says their...

Constable: $1 billion is yours — but only to see — at show in Rosemont

Aug 12 2015 | 12:40 am - The World's Fair of Money taking place in Rosemont features everything from $100,000 bills to a nickel worth $2.5 million. Numismatic experts can tell you if your old money is worth anything.

Constable: Gross gum wall an attraction any suburb could set up for free

Aug 11 2015 | 5:12 am - Climate change puts a spin on today's vacation plans. But we found one popular tourist attraction in Seattle that any of our suburbs could establish right now for free -- the gum wall.

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