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01/19/14 Arlington Hts. man fights for military salute at Super Bowl
By Burt Constable - Calling himself "a one-man army," retired Navy Cmdr. Robert E. Griffith of Arlington Heights works tirelessly on his dream for this year's Super Bowl: to get all military veterans to salute the flag during the national anthem. "Most people are... FULL STORY
01/16/14 Clark the Cub: Maybe not the worst mascot ever
By Burt Constable - Worst mascot ever? Burt Constable thinks Clark the Cub has plenty of competition. And they all seem better than his old high school's mascot. FULL STORY
01/14/14 Single mom uses education to turn life around in a year
By Burt Constable - As a single mom who would bring her young daughters to her job at a pest-control company, Lindsay Beckman of Hanover Park imagined a better life. She went back to school, got the training she needed and now has her dream job in a medical office. In... FULL STORY
01/12/14 'King of Nerds' contestant already a pioneer
By Burt Constable - A TBS TV reality show competition starting this month will decide if Josh Wittenkeller has what it takes to be crowned "King of the Nerds." But the Graylake native already qualifies as a pioneer in the post-Internet economy with his YouTube business... FULL STORY
01/09/14 Tossing expired chicken soup is good for the soul
By Burt Constable - Nothing warms your soul on a cold day like throwing out all the expired food that could have killed you. Going through our shelves is like flipping through an old photo album. Any day when you can combine lifesaving and happy family memories is a... FULL STORY
01/07/14 Brutally cold weather can complicate things, even for the dead
By Burt Constable - The arctic cold doesn't just mess with the living. Snow and subzero temperatures make it difficult for the dead to be buried. If shoveling your front walk seems impossible in Monday's 16-degrees-below-zero chill, imagine how difficult this... FULL STORY
01/05/14 Globe-trotting Lake County ER doc at home for Sochi Olympics
By Burt Constable - When Dr. Timur Kouliev of Lake County leaves Monday for his job as a medical coordinator for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, he'll be returning to a place where his family vacationed when he was growing up in Moscow. "I stayed with my... FULL STORY
01/04/14 Dodgeball fans cheer sport at Schaumburg tourney
By Burt Constable - One of the lessons of dodgeball is that even a team down to its last man can stage a victorious comeback. That gives hope to a sport whose popularity has dwindled in the last few years. In its prime, the National Amateur Dodgeball Association's... FULL STORY
12/29/13 Long Grove businessman eats pizza daily -- about 2,400 days and counting
By Burt Constable - When a retired Long Grove business executive discovered his favorite "date night" pizza place was in danger of closing, he and his wife swooped in and found new careers as restauranteurs. Now, Jim Stoeker figures he's eaten pizza almost every one of... FULL STORY
12/22/13 Financial adviser's $100 bills come with nice catch
By Burt Constable - In her annual Thanksgiving letter to clients, Wheaton financial planner Theresa Hannon included a $100 bill and a request to use that money for a good cause. It proved to be a good investment in human nature. "It's so heartwarming,"... FULL STORY
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