Beavers: Feds Charged Me Because I Wouldn’t Wear A Wire

Updated 02/23/12 – 4:26 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was indicted Thursday on allegations he failed to pay income taxes on tens of thousands of dollars of campaign cash that he used for personal reasons, but he claimed the feds targeted him because he refused to wear a wire targeting fellow Commissioner John Daley.

As CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports, the 77-year-old Beavers was charged with three counts of filing false federal income tax returns and one count of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and impede the IRS in an indictment returned on Thursday, according to federal prosecutors.

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Beavers said he was targeted by the feds because he refused a request by prosecutors to wear a wire on fellow Cook County Commissioner John Daley.

“They came to me, they told me ‘We don’t want you, we want John Daley. We want you to wear a wire. I said ‘I’m too old to wear a wire. I’m too old to be a stool pigeon,’” Beavers told CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman in an interview at his home. He said he told federal investigators, “I don’t know what you want him for. If you want him, go get him yourself.”

Beavers said the week after the feds approached him, he got a letter informing him he was being investigated on charges. But Daley denied that he’s being investigated by the feds and said he didn’t know why Beavers would drag him into the case.

“I have no idea, no. Bill Beavers and I – from day one, it’s apparent if you attended the board meetings – do not get along,” Daley said. “This indictment speaks for itself. It’s about Bill Beavers and only Bill Beavers. … The word ‘corrupt’ summarizes the indictment up.”

U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald declined to discuss Beavers’ claims.

“The reason he was that we alleged and commit to prove that he failed to disclose all his income on the taxes,” Fitzgerald said. “As far as any other motive, I can’t comment on that. What I would simply say is this, it would be entirely fair to read into my non-comment. … If you ask me whether or not he was indicted because he failed to wear a wire on the Pope, I would say the same thing. … We indicted him because we allege he committed a tax crime.”

The indictment alleges Beavers used campaign funds and his county expense account for personal gain and did not report the money on his personal income taxes.


Beavers, an old-school politician and proponent of patronage hiring, has described himself as “the Hog with the Big Nuts.” An alderman from 1983 to 2006, he long served as powerful chairman of the City Council Budget Committee under former Mayor Richard M. Daley, exerting a great deal of control over the city’s purse strings.

He did his best to live up to his self-given nickname on Thursday discussing the indictment, saying “nothing scares me.”

“I’m not concerned about the indictment. You know, I can tell you that I didn’t take any money, didn’t steal any money, I didn’t launder any money, okay? I’m not concerned about the indictment,” Beavers said. “I’ve been in this game 50 years. Nothing scares me, okay? Nothing scares me, alright? Not even this.”

In November 2006, Beavers resigned as alderman of Chicago’s 7th Ward when he was elected to the Cook County Board.

According to federal prosecutors, Beavers paid himself more than $225,000 from three campaign accounts between 2006 and 2008, to use for personal reasons, including gambling.

The indictment alleges that, starting in January 2006, Beavers began writing himself checks from his campaign fund to use for personal purposes, including gambling. In all, he wrote approximately 100 checks to himself — $96,000 worth in 2006; $69,300 worth in 2007; and $61,000 worth in 2008. He also allegedly used his campaign workers to prepare false campaign finance reports to falsify records about those checks to himself and disguise them as legitimate campaign expenditures.

Beavers allegedly used one of those checks — for $68,763.07 — to boost his city pension fund in order to get a larger annuity when he retired from the City Council.

Prosecutors also claim, after he became a county commissioner, Beavers used his $1,200 monthly county expense account for personal reasons, without reporting any of the money as income on his federal income tax returns.

“If politicians choose to use their campaign funds for personal use then they, like all the citizens they serve, share the obligation to honestly report their income and pay the correct amount of taxes,” Fitzgerald said in a news release. “The indictment alleges that over a course of three years, Commissioner Beavers repeatedly used his campaign accounts for personal use and then thwarted the Internal Revenue Service by causing his campaign committees to create false records to cover it up.”

Each of the four charges Beavers faces carries up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine, plus restitution. No court appearances have yet been scheduled for Beavers.

  • tom sharp

    At least this crook doesn’t have a bunch of family and poverty pimp friends on the public payroll. Oh wait….

  • Taxpayer

    Come out come out where ever you are!!!!! What took so long???

  • April Gadison

    Doesn’t surprise me.

  • Taxpayer 2

    A monthly $1200 stipend for a parttime job as a cook county commissioner . . . Please go after Madigan next. Quinn needs to keep one of his threatenedclosed prisons open for all the Illinois crooks. NEXT: MIKE MADIGAN and his cronies.

  • joedlake

    Buster! Joe Lake, Chicago

  • sickened

    Democratic politicians don’t have to pay taxes.

  • Another day in corrupt Chicago

    Did you know that a whole lot of these guys stash money away before they are caught? They come out of jail and enjoy the luxuries of OUR money. They should be audited before jail and after jail. The public would be surprised besides the IRS. Now watch him get a slap on the wrist for public service!! Public service?? No!! More like personal service with our money!!!

  • your C(r)ook County taxes at "work"!

    “They’re indicting me because I wouldn’t wear a wire.” BULL***T! They indicted you because you’re CORRUPT!!! And IT WASN’T BECAUSE YOU’RE BLACK!!! So you know where to STICK THAT RACE CARD YOU LOVE TO PULL!!!

  • get 'em all!!!!

    more to come I hope!!!

  • steven

    Bill Daley next the fence company he sells insurance and ties to the Daley family
    just got awarded 2.5 million contract for Ohare
    Say hello to Rod bill

  • Army Vet,VN

    Another crooked Democrat,keep voting for them,wait to the one in the WH gets through we will all be in the fields picking cotton.

  • non

    You guys vote for these bums. Don’t blame anyone but yourselves

  • Leroy Goldberg

    77 years old and still comitting crimes? They are evil from the day they are born until the day they die.

    • THEE Yard Ape

      Amen to that brother Leroy!!!!!

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  • Tea Party Hero

    Another crooked politician who wants to take money away from hard-working, rich job creators and give it to poor lazy black people and ILLEGALS!

    Let’s take back our country!!

  • Tom

    A Hog with Big Nuts? How about an egotistical, uneducated, self centered, lazy, crook, He’ll get convicted just like the rest of them who take on Fitzgerald and wait until the sentencing. The good judge will tack on a few extra years for his attitude, lack of contrition and down right stupidity

  • uncle sam

    hello to all democrats: two words for the day ” CORRUPT and GREED”.another bite the dust.

  • yo mama!!

    you juss messin wif him cause he Black!

    • NWA

      true dat. jus cause we be bad peoples and we likes to steal.


  • Bob Hamilton

    The Hack with the Big Mouth was perfectly willing to wear a wire if he got a better deal. Now he will lose that fraudulent pension and be in jail with Blago. Once the Feds are on you, it only gets worse.

  • Jack

    Get ’em!

  • observer

    what do you want to bet he walks from these charges,why because he`s not white!

  • Bobby Jim

    He and Rod ‘the God’ would make a cute couple in prison.

  • Jake

    same old stuff once they get caught.
    on top of that the bank that he is a principle in could go down also.
    this state & county if FULL of this stuff & we the tax payers end up on the short end of the stick.

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