Alderman Ed Burke
  • Alderman Ed Burke

Not long before aldermen approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new protest regulations last week, Burt Natarus was wandering the hallways behind council chambers in search of someone interested in a little political history.

“Sometimes I don’t think anyone gives a shit,” he said.

Natarus served as alderman of the 42nd Ward from 1971 to 2007. Natarus has always been a sociable, creative soul, and on this occasion he was bearded and wearing heavy boots and a wooly acrylic jacket, as if he could have arrived straight from a hunting expedition in the north woods.