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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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Lawmaker: Candidate was sexist, racist, asked another about sexual identity

Feb 22 2018 | 6:42 pm - Pressure is mounting for Winfield Township Republican Chairman Burt Minor to withdraw from the GOP primary for the 42nd Illinois House because of allegations he used a racial slur during a fall meeting with Republican attorney general candidate...

Constable: After 40 years between dates, Kaneland High School couple tie knot

Feb 15 2018 | 6:22 am - “I tell everyone, we’re one of those stories,” Kathleen Huber says, groaning at the cliché. “These high school sweethearts 40 years later.”

10 years after NIU shooting: 'Time doesn't make you better, it's what you do with that time'

Feb 12 2018 | 1:31 pm - The news from Northern Illinois University on Feb. 14, 2008 traumatized many and shattered the families of five students] killed in a classroom shooting. A decade later, survivors and family members of those who were killed share how they continue...

NIU cop who survived school’s mass shooting: It ‘made me who I am.’

Feb 11 2018 | 8:09 am - Critically wounded in the 2008 shooting at Northern Illinois University, Maria Christiansen is the living embodiment of the school’s “Forward, Together Forward” motto. Now an NIU police officer, she protects students on the campus...

42nd GOP hopefuls talk abortion bill, ‘religious freedom’ laws

Feb 08 2018 | 12:37 am - Three DuPage County candidates are running in the Republican primary for the Illinois House of Representatives 42nd district seat, which was vacated when incumbent Jeanne Ives left to run for governor.

Constable: Whassup with Super Bowl? Nothing we haven’t seen before

Jan 29 2018 | 11:27 pm - We’ve seen the commercials already. We’ve seen Tom Brady and the Pats. The Super Bowl has jumped the shark.

Constable: A Schaumburg woman’s path from domestic violence victim to advocate

Jan 28 2018 | 8:29 am - In a era when victims are learning how to speak out, the pain suffered by LaTasha Unseld of Schaumburg has forged her into a fierce advocate for people trying to prevent domestic violence.

Constable: No secret handshake, but Tesla drivers still seem futuristic

Jan 23 2018 | 6:01 am - Having logged more than 213,000 miles, my old Prius still gets the job done. But when I want to travel into the future, I just drive to the Tesla Supercharging station at Meijer.

Constable: ‘There’s nothing disabled’ about sled hockey

Jan 22 2018 | 8:51 am - One of the favorites in the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in March, the reigning gold-medal champion U.S. Men’s Ice Hockey team is practicing at the West Meadows Ice Arena in Rolling Meadows.

Constable: Orbit roller-skaters chill inside while it’s icy outside

Jan 16 2018 | 6:19 am - On a snowy Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, drivers behind the wheel are slipping, sliding and trying to avoid running into each other on the side streets. The ones who arrive safely at the iconic Orbit Skate Center in Palatine are much more...

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