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12/01/10 Is your marriage strong enough to survive civil unions?
By Burt Constable - I woke up this morning to the devastating suggestion that my wonderful, heterosexual marriage of almost 23 years is not as good as it had been the day before. I've seen this with my 401(k), but I didn't realize my marriage would be depreciated as if... FULL STORY
11/29/10 New Bears good for business, bad for cowards and losers
By Burt Constable - The past, as Mike Ditka once noted, is for losers and cowards. And we loser Bears fans reveling in the past should feel a little cowardly every time Da Coach and his 1985 Bears milk their glorious one-consecutive Super Bowl championship reign of 25... FULL STORY
11/26/10 All dogs go to heaven; Rusty's going to Utah
By Burt Constable - In a season when so much attention is given to the all-consuming, pre-dawn shopping rush to find discount deals on everything from TVs to toasters, the patient folks at Hinsdale Humane Society have spent the last couple of months diligently shopping... FULL STORY
11/24/10 Gift from Villa Park dentist lets woman smile through cancer treatment
By Burt Constable - All that sadness, fear, worry and panic bubbling inside Noreen Thermos unexpectedly spilled out in a bucket of tears right there in the dentist chair. And she knows what caused it. "It was the Holy Spirit," insists Thermos, who was... FULL STORY
11/22/10 Village had wildness, but Santa and most memories pure
By Burt Constable - Perhaps Christopher Dearman of Huntley will merit a slot on Santa's "Nice" list this year, but the 36-year-old author admits to some truly coal-worthy naughtiness in his new tell-all book, "Santa's Village Gone... FULL STORY
11/19/10 Former Buffalo Grove man living off Groupon
By Burt Constable - Entrenched in a lifestyle that is the very definition of suburban, Josh Stevens grew up in Buffalo Grove, graduated from Stevenson High School, got a degree from Illinois State University, landed an accounting job in Schaumburg and, at age 27, was... FULL STORY
11/17/10 Grandfatherly author says, 'Ask me about my mob stiffs'
By Burt Constable - Sitting on the couch in his Palatine home, gregarious great-grandfather James "Jimmy" Jack thumbs through the pile of photographs on the coffee table. The 82-year-old's eyes twinkle as a photo prompts him to tell a story with all... FULL STORY
11/15/10 Who would marry a killer?
By Burt Constable - Justin "Jay" Boulay of St. Charles is free to leave prison today after serving half of a 24-year sentence for murdering his former girlfriend in college. On Groundhog's Day night in 1998, Boulay used a phone cord to strangle 18-year-old... FULL STORY
11/12/10 Ironman Favre just 15,821 games behind Meadowlark
By Burt Constable - When 41-year grandfather and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre drags his battered body, broken ankle bones, beat-up reputation and boatload of personal baggage into Soldier Field on Sunday to play the Bears, it will mark his 294 consecutive... FULL STORY
11/10/10 Soldier goes from bombed-out Humvee to college classroom
By Burt Constable - He dropped out of high school as a teenager because he was "naive," "immature," wanted "no responsibility" and "was going to be young forever," remembers Guillermo Guzman of Addison. Guzman had grown... FULL STORY
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