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: Suburban camp for kids with disabilities fuels fun

Jul 24 2016 | 8:05 am - In 2000, Dr. Nancy Keck of Prospect Heights and registered nurse Ingrid Thompson of Park Ridge started a summer camp for kids with the kind of developmental and physical disabilities that most camps can’t handle. The unique Camp SOAR still...

Constable: Bryant raises bar for Cubs All-Stars

Jul 14 2016 | 12:53 am - While Kris Bryant’s homer got the National League off to a good start in the 2016 MLB All-Star Game, the Chicago Cubs have turned in some odd performances in the Summer Classic. The most significant Cubs contribution since the game began in...

Constable: Another tense summer, but it's not Summer of Rage

Jul 12 2016 | 5:47 am - Shootings by and of police officers incite massive protests and ramp up fears of violence. We've seen this before, but local activists say there are important differences this time.

Constable: Tending bridges tricky for Long Grove

Jul 11 2016 | 6:10 am - All bridges need tension to work. And there’s plenty of tension surrounding Long Grove’s iconic covered bridge and a summer campaign with miniature bridges.

Constable: For the Cubs, Reds are no Kansas City Cowboys

Jul 07 2016 | 6:14 am - The hapless Cincinnati Reds come to Wrigley Field and take two out of three from the first-place but struggling Cubs. Makes fans wish the Cowboys were still on the Cubs' schedule.

Constable: Volunteer for 70 years, veteran still waves flag for Scouts

Jul 03 2016 | 8:11 am - As we celebrate our nation’s independence, 90-year-old Boy Scout George “Bob” Jarvis of Grayslake explains what it all means to him.

Constable: Ex-Harper dean’s stories as Wrigley usher rebound with Cubs

Jun 29 2016 | 9:56 pm - The Cubs’ success is fueling book sales for retired Harper College Dean of Admissions Bruce Bohrer. The Buffalo Grove author’s “Best Seat In The House! Diary of a Wrigley Field Usher” tells stories from his years as a...

Constable: Teachers spend summer working for fall

Jun 27 2016 | 11:17 pm - It’s one of those sunny, warm and beautiful June days that has some folks saying, “Man, I should have been a teacher so I could get the entire summer off.” Except …

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.

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