Burton F. Natarus papers
MSNata07

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Natarus, Burton F.
Title
Burton F. Natarus papers
ID
MSNata07
Date [inclusive]
1971-2006
Extent
50.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
Burton F. Natarus served nine terms, from 1971 to 2007, as Chicago Alderman for the 42nd Ward. The 42nd Ward includes some of Chicago's prime real estate, encompassing Streeterville, the Gold Coast, the Magnificent Mile, River North, and the Loop. Natarus' papers cover the span of his Aldermanic career and include his official correspondence, work on the Landmark Commission, background data for city ordinances, and numerous albums of letters, newspaper articles, and photographs.

Preferred Citation

Burton F. Natarus papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Born in Wausau, Wisconsin in 1933, Burton F. Natarus received a BS in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1956. He completed a degree in law in 1960, and attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. In addition, Natarus served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves where he is a qualified parachutist. He practiced law in Chicago for over forty-five years. First elected in 1971, Natarus represented Chicago's 42nd Ward for thirty-six years as Aldermen. During his time in office, Natarus developed a reputation for being one of the city's most talkative and colorful Aldermen. He has also been one of Richard M. Daley's staunchest supporters in the city council. Natarus was Chairman of the Traffic and Safety Committee. He also served on six other committees: Finance; Zoning; Committees, Rules and Ethics; License and Consumer Protection; Budget and Government Operations; and Housing and Real Estate. In addition, he was a member of the Chicago Plan Commission, the Central Area Planning Task Force, the Regional Transportation Task Force and the Zoning Reform Commission. In 2007, Natarus was narrowly defeated in his reelection bid. Burton F. Natarus currently continues to be engaged in the practice of law, he has served the community for the past twenty-five years as qualified Arbitrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois and is self employed as a land use consultant.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials collected by Burton Natarus' 42nd Ward office between 1971 and 2006. This includes scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, and VHS cassettes, as well as documents related to Natarus' service as an Alderman in Chicago, Illinois.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives February 6, 2008

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Natarus, Burton F. -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.
  • City council members -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Constituent Petitions 

Box Folder

Petitions, 1971 

1 1

Petitions, 1972 

1 2

Petitions, 1972 

1 3

Petitions, 1973 

1 4

Petitions, 1973 

1 5

Petitions, 1974 

1 6

Petitions, 1974 

2 7

Petitions, 1975 

2 8

Petitions, 1976 

2 9

Petitions 1977 

2 10

Petitions, 1978 

2 11

Petitions, 1978 

3 12

Petitions, 1979 

3 13

Petitions, 1980 

3 14

Petitions, 1980 

3 15

Petitions, 1981 

3 16

Petitions, 1982 

3 17

Petitions, 1982 

4 18

Petitions, 1983 

4 19

Petitions, 1983 

4 20

Petitions, 1984 

4 21

Petitions, 1984 

4 22

Petitions, 1985 

5 23

Petitions, 1985 

5 24

Petitions, 1986 

5 25

Petitions, 1986 

5 26

Petitions, 1987 

6 27

Petitions, 1987 

6 28

Petitions, 1987 

6 29

Petitions, 1988 

6 30

Petitions, 1988 

7 31

Petitions, 1988 

7 32

Petitions, 1988 

7 33

Petitions, 

7 34

Petitions, 1988 

8 35

Petitions, 1988 

8 36

Petitions, 1989 

8 37

Petitions, January-June 1989 

9 38

Petitions, July-December 1989 

9 39

Petitions, July-December 1989 

9 40

Petitions, January-June 1990 

9 41

Petitions, January-June 1990 

10 42

Petitions, July-December 1990 

10 43

Petitions, July-December 1990 

10 44

Petitions, January-June 1991 

11 45

Petitions, January-June 1991 

11 46

Petitions, July-December 1991 

11 47

Petitions, July-December 1991 

11 48

Petitions, January-June 1992 

12 49

Petitions, January-June 1992 

12 50

Petitions, July-December 1992 

12 51

Petitions, July-December 1992 

12 52

Petitions, January-June 1993 

13 53

Petitions, July-December 1993 

13 54
Box Box

Press Releases, 1990-1994 

14 55
Box Folder

Cable TV Statements, 1993-1995 

14 56

Mayor's Tour, 1994 

14 57

Serafin and Associates, 1994 

14 58

Lakeshore Park--Meeting with Alderman Natarus April 2004 

14 59

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Series II: Landmark Committee 

Box Folder

Allerton Hotel, 1998-2003 

15 60

Assumption School, 2003 

15 61

Astor Street, 1975-1983 

15 62

Buckingham Fountain, 2000 

15 63

Brooks Building, 1983-2000 

15 64

Chicago Building, 1982-1993 

15 65

Blackstone Hotel, 1998-2001 

15 66

Chicago Historical Society, 1989-1997 

15 67

Brunswick-Balke-Collender, 1987-1988 

15 68

Bush Temple of Music, 2000-2001 

16 69

Chicago Harbor Lighthouse, 2002-2003 

16 70

Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Powerhouse Building, 2006 

16 71

Carbide and Carbon, 1989-1998 

16 72

Civic Opera Building, 1994-1998 

16 73

Daley Center, 2002 

16 74

Disney Birthplace, 1991-1997 

16 75

Farwell Building, 2002 

16 76

Fisher Studio, 1991-2000 

16 77

Gage Group, 1981-1996 

16 78

Glessner House 1998-1999 

16 79

Haskell-Barker-Atwater Buildings, 1989-1990 

16 80

Harris and Selwyn Theaters, 1982 

16 81

Hawthorne Place, 1988-1996 

16 82

Heyworth Building, 2000 

17 83

Historical Michigan Boulevard District, 2001-2002 

17 84

East Lakeshore Drive, 1984-1985 

17 85

East Lakeshore Drive, 1984-2000 

17 86

Inland Steel Building, 1991-1998 

17 87

54 West Hubbard, 1999 

17 88

Hotel LaSalle Garage, 2002 

17 89

Jewelers Row, 1996-2003 

17 90

Heald Square, 1971-1988 

17 91

Majestic Building and Theater, 2003-2004 

18 92

Legislation, 2003 

18 93

Ludington Building, 1986-1996 

18 94

Indian Boundary Park Cultural Center, 2004-2005 

18 95

McCormick Double House, 2005 

18 96

McGraw Hill, 1995-1999 

18 97

Lake and Franklin Group, 1990-1996 

18 98

One North LaSalle, 1992-1999 

18 99

LaSalle Street Cable Car Powerhouse, 2000-2001 

18 100

LaSalle Garage, 2004 

18 101

London Guarantee, 1986-1996 

18 102

Majestic Building and Theater, 2004-2005 

19 103

Marshall Field, 2005 

19 104

Mather Tower, 2002 

19 105

106 Laramie State Bank Building, 1999 

19 106

333 North Michigan Building, 1986-1987 

19 107

360 North Michigan Avenue, 1999 

19 108

Historic Michigan Boulevard District, 2000-2003 2000-2003 

19 109

Historic Michigan Boulevard District, 2000-2003 

19 110

Motor Row District, 2000 

20 111

Farwell Building, 2002 

20 112

New York Life Building, 2005 

20 113

Churches, 1990-1994 

20 114

Churches, 1990 

20 115

Fourth Presbyterian Church, 1982-1987 

20 116

Pittsfield Building, 2001-2003 

20 117

St. Gelasius Church, 2003 2003 

20 118

Preservation of Illinois, 1990 

20 119

Reid Murdoch Center, 2002-2006 

20 120

Reliance Building, 1992-1998 

20 121

Second Leiter Building, 1997 

21 122

Seven Houses, 1988-1989 

21 123

South Pond Refectory and Men's-Ladies' Comfort Station, 2002 

21 124

Hotel St. Benedicts Flat, 1986-1994 

21 125

St. James Episcopal Cathedral, 1995 

21 126

Tree Studios, 1982-1999 

21 127

Tree Studios, 1993-1997 

22 128

Tree Studios, 1998-1999 

22 129

Tree Studios, 1999-2001 

22 130

Trustee System Service Building, 2003 

22 131

15-19 South Wabash, 2004 

22 132
Box Box

Union Station, 2001 

22 133
Box Folder

Old Dearborn Bank Building, 2003 

22 134

Washington Block, 1984-1990 

22 135

Wheeler-Kohn House, 1997-1998 

22 136

Wirt Dexter Building, 1991-1996 

22 137

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Series III: Ordinances 

Box Folder

Block 37, 2002-2006 

23 138

Block 37, 2003-2006 

23 139

Scavenger Noise Ordinance, 1972-1993 

23 140

Comprehensive Security Program for Cabrini-Green, undated 

23 141

Museum of Contemporary Art, 1976-1996 

24 142

Lakefront Protection Ordinance, 1974-2000 

24 143

Motorcycles, 1997-2003 

24 144

Motorcycles, 1993-2005 

24 145

Museum of Contemporary Art, 1976-1996 

25 146

Museum of Contemporary Art, 1976-1996 

25 147

Museum of Contemporary Art, 1976-2000 

25 148

Coast Guard Station, 1996-2005 

25 149

Coast Guard Helicopter Pad, 2005-2006 

25 150

Erie Street Park, 1988-2006 

25 151

Israel, 1973-1995 

26 152

First Year Evaluation Report for Cabrini-Green High Impact Program, 1977 

26 153

Attitude and Perception Survey for Cabrini-Green, 1977 

26 154

Phone Message Book, 1996-1998 

26 155

New York City Cell Phone Laws, 2001-2002 

27 156

Chicago Liquor Law Amendment, undated 

27 157

History Associates Inc, Banks and American Slavery, 2006 

27 158

City Council Special Pamphlets, 1985-1986 

27 159

Chicago History, 2003 

27 160

Right Turn on Red, Federal Highway Administration, 1976 

27 161

Second Year Attitude and Perception Survey for Cabrini-Green, 1978 

27 162

NearWest/ South Gazette, December 7, 2001 

27 163

Anti-Scavenger Dumping Ordinance, undated 

27 164

Cabrini-Green, 1984 

28 165

Cabrini-Green, 1985 

28 166

Cabrini-Green, 1986-1987 

28 167

Cabrini-Green, 1988-1992 

28 168

Cabrini-Green, Miscellaneous Clippings, 1993 

28 169

Cabrini-Green, 1992-2005 

28 170

The Millennium Project, 1998-2006 

28 171

Jewish News and Political Cartoons, 1996-2004 

28 172

Cabrini-Green, 1973-1974 

29 173

Cabrini-Green, 1975 

29 174

Cabrini-Green, 1976-1993 

29 175

Cabrini-Green, 1976 

29 176

Cabrini-Green, 1978 

29 177

Cabrini-Green, 1972-1996 

29 178

Cabrini-Green, 1976 

29 179

Cabrini-Green, 1976-1977 

29 180

Cabrini-Green, 1978-1979 

29 181

Cabrini-Green, 1980 

29 182

Cabrini Green, 1981 

30 183

Cabrini Green, 1982-1983 

30 184

Cabrini Green, undated 

29 185

Cabrini Green, 1973-1980 

30 186

Cabrini Green, ca. 1977 

30 187

Cabrini Green, ca 1973 

30 188

Cabrini Green, 1970-1971 

30 189

Cabrini Green, 1972 

30 190

Chicago Tribune Magazine, "Council Wars", October 31, 1993 

30 191

Mayor Harold Washington, 1983-1987 

30 192

Miscellaneous, 2001-2006 

30 193

Department of Transportation, Dan O'Sullivan, 2007 

30 194

File, 2006 

31 195

File, 2006 

31 196

Cirque du Soleil, 1991-2001 

31 197

File, 2006 

32 198

File, 2006 

32 199

File, 2006 

32 200

File, 2007 

33 201

File, 2007 

33 202

PKU/LUG Test Ordinance, 1980 

33 203

Soldier Field, 1985-2001 

33 204

Block 37, 108 North State Street, 1995-2001 

34 205

Downsizing File, 1973-1977 

34 206

Snow, 1979-1999 

35 207

Redistricting, 1991-2001 

35 208

Legislation Introduced by Natarus, 1971-2003 

35 209

Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings, Letters, and Documents, 1982-2007 

36 210

Landmark Ordinance, 1987-2005 

36 211

Calatrava Spire, 2006-2007 

37 212

Liquor License Legislation, 2004-2007 

37 213

Swiss Banks Holocaust Victims, 1997-1998 

37 214

Swiss Banks Holocaust Victims, 1997 

38 215

Swiss Banks Holocaust Victims, 1997-1998 

38 216

Swiss Banks Holocaust Victims, 1996-1998 

38 217

Swiss Banks Holocaust Victims, 1997-1998 

38 218

Street Performers, 1985-2005 

39 219

Street Performers, 1983-1993 

39 220

Street Performers, 1988-1995 

39 221

Taxi Cabs, 1978-1985 

40 222

Taxi Cabs, 1974-1999 

40 223

Taxi Cabs, 1975-2006 

40 224

Lake Shore East, 1991-2001 

41 225

Lake Shore East, 2000 

41 226

Lake Shore East, 2000-2001 

41 227

Lake Shore East, 2000-2001 

42 228

Chicago Central Area Plan, 1983-2003 

42 229

Fortune, "Kelly-Nash Political Machine", August 1936 

42 230

Chicago City Council, Sun Times, May 6, 2003 

42 231

DuSable Park, 2000-2006 

43 232

Ogden School-Lake Shore East School, 2005-2007 

43 233

Motorcycles, 2004-2007 

43 234

Sandberg Village, 1994-2002 

44 235

North LaSalle Redevelopment Plan, 1976-1982 

44 236

Trump Tower, 2000-2002 

44 237

Trump Tower, 2002-2006 

44 238

Lake Shore East, 2000-2001 

45 239

Guns, 1972-1980 

45 240

Guns, 1973-1992 

45 241

VA Hospital, 2003 

46 242

Regional Transportation Task Force, 2003-2004 

46 243

Regional Transportation Task Force, 1992-2004 

46 244

Miscellaneous Natarus Memorabilia, 1992-1998 

46 245

Survey: Use of Mobile Phones While Driving, 1999-2004 

46 246

Landmark--Religious Institutions, 2005 

47 247

Chicago Marine Safety Station, 1999-2003 

47 248

Taylor Street Library, 1995-1996 

47 249

Street Performers II, 1985-2006 

47 250

Street Performers, 1999-2006 

47 251

Chicago Zoning Ordinance, 2002 

47 251a

Compensation for Aldermen, ca. 2002 

47 251b

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Series IV: Correspondence 

Box Folder

Letters, January-June 1995 

48 252

Letters, July-December 1995 

48 253

Letters, 1996 

48 254

Letters, 1996 

48 255

Letters, January-February 1997 

49 256

Letters, March-April 1997 

49 257

Letters, May 1997 

49 258

Letters, June 1997 

50 259

Letters, July 1997 

50 260

Letters, August 1997 

50 261

Letters, September 1997 

51 262

Letters, October 1997 

51 263

Letters, November 1997 

51 264

Letters, December 1997 

51 265

Letters, January 1998 

51 266

Letters, February 1998 

52 267

Letters, March 1998 

52 268

Letters, April 1998 

52 269

Letters, May 1998 

52 270

Letters, June 1998 

52 271

Letters, July 1998 

52 272

Letters, August 1998 

53 273

Letters, September 1998 

53 274

Letters, October 1998 

53 275

Letters, November 1998 

53 276

Letters, December 1998 

53 277

Letters, 1999 

53 278

Letters, 2002 

54 279

Letters, 2002 

54 280

Letters, 2002 

54 281

Letters, January-June 2003 

54 282

Letters, July-September 2003 

55 283

Letters, October-January 2003 

55 284

Letters, January-August 2004 

55 285

Letters, September-December 2004 

55 286

Letters, 2003-2004 

55 287

Letters, 2004 

55 288

Letters, January-June 2005 

56 289

Letters, July-October 2005 

56 290

Letters, November-December 2005 

56 291

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Series V: Audio-Visual Material (Oversized Boxes, Unnumbered Material) 

Box Folder

VHS McCormick Place, Expanding for the Future, undated 

57 292

VHS Chicago is . . ., 1987 

57 293

VHS Berghoff Oktoberfest, September 1995 

57 294

VHS Political Forum, Chicago Access Network Television,  November 1995 

57 295

VHS Chicago Tonight 15045, September 1997 

57 296

VHS Early Edition, January 1998 

57 297

VHS Henry B Betts, MD Day, May 1998 

57 298

VHS Legacy Dinner to Honor Henry and Monika Betts, May 1998 

57 299

VHS Berghoff 100th Anniversary Celebration, June 1998 

57 300

VHS Justice Louis D Brandeis Awards Banquet, Zionist Organization of Chicago, July 1999 

57 301

VHS O'Reilly Factor-Cellular Phones, June 2000 

57 302

VHS Political Forum, July 2000 

57 303

City of Chicago Budget Recommendations, 2004 

27 304

City Council Rules of Order, 1967-1971 

27 305

City Council Rules of Order, 1995-1999 

27 306

City Services Report for 42nd Ward, 2003-2006 

27 307

Petition Opposing the Realignment of the 42nd Ward, 1991 

28 308

Album, Thank You Letters, 1972-1989 

38 309

Album, Thank You Letters, 1990-1991 

28 310

Album, Thank You Letters, 1998 

58 311

Album, Thank You Letters, 1999 

28 312

Album, Campaign, 1999 

58 313

Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings, 1987 

59 314

Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings, 1989 

59 315

Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings, 1994 

59 316

Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings, 1995 

59 317

Album, Thank You Letters, 1996-1997 

60 318

Album, Thank You Letters, February 2001-December 2002 

60 319

Album, Thank You Letters, 1994-1995 

60 320

Album, Thank You Letters, 1992-1993 

60 321

Photographs, 1999-2000 

61 322

Photographs, 2000-2001 

61 323

Photographs, January 2003 

61 324

Awards and Letters of Interest, 2006-2008 

61 325

Neighbors for Natarus, 2007 

61 326

Thank You Letters, Letters of Recognition, 2003-2005 

61 327

Photographs, 1994-1997 

62 328

Sample Christmas Cards, Photographs, 1998 

62 329

Chicago City Council Legislative Orientation, May 1999 

62 330

Photographs of Family and Youth, ca. 1933-2007 

62 331

Photographs, July 2003 

62 332

Album, Photographs of Youth, 1933-1965 

62 333

Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings, 1968-1977 

62 334

Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings, 1989 

62 335

Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings, 1978-1981 

62 336

Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings, 2003-2005 

62 338

Scrapbook of Photographs and Newspaper Clippings, ca. 1971-1988 

62 338

Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings, 1991 

62 339

Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings, 2000 

63 340

Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings, 2001-2002 

63 341

Opportunity's Moment: 108 North State Street, 2005 

63 342

Scrapbook: Alderman Burton F. Natarus in the News, 2005-2006 

63 343

Scrapbook: Alderman Burton F. Natarus in the News, 2006-2007 

63 344

Scrapbook: Alderman Burton F. Natarus in the News, 2007 

63 345

Near West Gazette, vol. 14, No. 7, December 7, 1996 

63 346

City of Chicago Department of Zoning, Updated Zoning Maps Through April 2002 Through April 2002 

63 347

Chicago Home Rule Commission: Report and Recommendations, 1972 

63 348

Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings, 1986 

64 349

Scrapbook of Thank You Letters, 2000-2001 

64 350

Justice Louis D. Brandeis Awards Banquet, Zionist Organization of Chicago, July 27, 1999 

64 351

Scrapbook of Campaign Material, 1989-1995 

64 352

Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings, 1980-1985 

64 353

Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings, 1988 

64 354

Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings, 1998 

64 355

Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings, 1987-1990 

64 356

Contains Miscellaneous Plaques, 1985-2007 

65 357

Contains Miscellaneous Plaques and Photographs, 2004-2007 

66 358

VHS tapes ( Ald. Burton Natarus, Ask An Expert, WCIU-TV/Chicago, August 20, 1990, Alderman Natarus, Omni Hotel Grand Opening-Chicago, Golan Productions, October 5, 1993, “Liquor License Moratorium,” Miracle Media, 1994), 1990-1994 

67 359

VHS tapes (Siskel & Ebert Street Naming, VHS tape, February 1, 1996, Natarus Roast, November 14, 2000, Ald. Natarus/Taste, Office of Municipal Television, City of Chicago, 2002), 1996-2002 

67 360

VHS tapes ( City Club of Chicago Presents: Burton Natarus, November 11, 2003 (2 copies),  City Club of Chicago Presents: Alderman Burton Natarus, October 3, 2004), 2003-2004 

67 361

VHS tapes (Chicago Tonight #3133, Natarus Trip to Israel, etc., January 11, 2005, Clock Tower Dedication, NBC Footage, October 28, 2005,  In the Loop, 36 Years of Service, March 29, 2007), 2005-2007 

67 362

DVDs (Chicago Tonight #5154, February 13, 2007, City Club of Chicago Presents: Alderman Burton Natarus, November 20, 2006, Women of Mass Discussion, Burton Natarus, December 23, 2007), 2006-2007 

67 363

VHS tapes (Alderman Natarus #1 & #2 (two tapes), Comcast Newsmakers, undated, Burton F. Natarus Alderman, 42nd Ward, Comcast Newsmakers, undated), undated 

68 364

VHS tapes (Burton Natarus 1/22, (no year), CBS News, Sunday 4/25 (no year), undated, Ontario Street Substation, Special Guest Speaker Burton Natarus, undated ), undated 

68 365

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