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: Always a spot for bookstore in our souls

May 24 2016 | 6:14 am - Once seen as the predatory giant threatening the little neighborhood bookstores, the Barnes & Noble in Arlington Heights closes for good Saturday. A former owner of one of those little neighborhood bookstores knows how it feels to move on.

Constable: Cubs’ infield deserves poetic justice

May 19 2016 | 6:15 am - The trio of Cubs infielders from the 1908 championship team, Tinker and Evers and Chance, were immortalized in a poem. But the current double-play combination of Russell to Zobrist to Rizzo piles up far more impressive statistics.

Constable: School nurse boosts fundraiser by donating Indy pace car

May 17 2016 | 10:00 am - Wendy Meyer babies her 1993 Indy Pace Car Chevy Camaro Z28, driving it only on nice days and never speeding. But she's willing to let her baby go to raise money for an athletic track for her students with special needs at Kirk School in Palatine.

Constable: Vernon Hills nurse bathes in newborns' success

May 15 2016 | 6:40 pm - Susan Simon of Vernon Hills has bathed about 45,000 newborns during her four decades of nursing. As National Nurses Week comes to a close, the nurse at NorthShore Highland Park Hospital has witnessed many changes but says she still gets a kick out...

Constable: Mom survives perilous birth with lives to celebrate

May 09 2016 | 5:25 am - The Hoffman Estates family of Puja Pereira doesn't take Mother's Day for granted. A complication during her third pregnancy threatened the mom's life and required the transfusion of 34 units of blood.

Constable: Smokeless tobacco ban, Cubs both “awesome”

May 05 2016 | 4:13 pm - The Cubs are making fans happy with their winning play to start the season. But it’s a new ban on smokeless tobacco at Wrigley Field starting in JUne that excites South Barrington dentist Katina Spadoni.

Constable: Mother’s Day a matter of perspective

May 03 2016 | 12:30 am - Everyone comes into this world because of a mother. But how we celebrate Mother’s Day depends on what happens next.

Constable: No Arrieta fans in Spanish town of Arrieta

Apr 27 2016 | 11:51 pm - Cubs ace Jake Arrieta is pitching his team into uncharted territory. And the small Spanish fishing village of Arrieta couldn’t care less.

Elgin computer programmer becomes Neil Diamond tribute artist

Apr 24 2016 | 6:46 am - Two big breaks transformed one-time Elgin computer programmer Dennis Svehla into Denny Diamond, the Neil Diamond tribute artist finishing a gig on stage today in Las Vegas.

Constable: Schwarber’s knee will fare better than Gale Sayers’ did

Apr 21 2016 | 12:31 am - The serious knee injury that shortened the career of Bears great Gale Sayers shouldn’t cause those kind of problems for Kyle Schwarber. The young Cubs slugger underwent surgery Tuesday to have his knee rebuilt and is expected to return to...

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