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Democratic Committeemen Pick Stanley Moore To Replace Beavers, Despite Fine

Democratic bosses in Cook County have chosen Stanley Moore, a former state transportation official, to replace convicted County Commissioner William Beavers, even though Moore had recent ethics issues of his own.

04/11/2013

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers speaks to reporters at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on March 11, 2013, as proceedings got underway in his trial on tax evasion charges. (Credit: CBS)

Closing Arguments Wrap Up In Beavers’ Tax Trial

Federal prosecutors told a jury Thursday there’s no evidence Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was taking out a loan from his campaign fund for personal expenses, but the defense argued the prosecution was trying to “bamboozle” jurors.

03/21/2013

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers (D-4th)

Beavers’ Jury Pool Has No Black Men; Defense Team Furious

At worse than 100 to 1, the odds of a randomly-selected jury pool in Chicago containing not a single black man might make even the most compulsive gambler cringe.

03/13/2013

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers arrives at court for his arraignment on federal tax charges on March 2, 2012. (CBS)

Judge: Prosecutors Can Mention Beavers’ 2005 Taxes At Trial

Judge James Zagel says prosecutors can broach a 2005 return that included a letter in which Beavers acknowledges $43,000 in campaign money as income. Zagel says it goes to prosecutors’ argument that Beavers understood the requirement to report such money.

03/12/2013

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers speaks to reporters at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on March 11, 2013, as proceedings got underway in his trial on tax evasion charges. (Credit: CBS)

Jury Selection Delayed In Beavers Tax Trial; Beavers Vows To Testify

After being delayed for more than three months, the start of Cook County Commissioner William Beavers’ tax trial was off to a slow start Monday, when jury selection was pushed back a day to iron out the questions jurors will be asked.

03/11/2013

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers, flanked by attorneys Victor Henderson and Sam Adam Jr., tells reporters he has proof that will refute charges he failed to pay income taxes on $68,000 he borrowed from his campaign funds. (Credit: Dana Kozlov/CBS)

Jury Selection In William Beavers’ Trial Delayed

Jury selection at the trial of a Chicago politician accused of misusing campaign funds has been delayed until next year.

12/04/2012

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers (D-4th)

Beavers Can Tell Jury He Repaid Borrowed Campaign Funds If He Testifies

A federal judge has barred Cook County Commissioner William Beavers from telling jurors at his tax evasion trial that he repaid campaign funds he borrowed after he learned of a federal investigation, unless Beavers takes the stand.

CBS Chicago–11/30/2012

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers arrives at court for his arraignment on federal tax charges on March 2, 2012. (CBS)

Judge: Beavers Can’t Tell Jury He Refused Request To Wear A Wire

A federal judge said Thursday that Cook County Commissioner William Beavers can’t tell the jury at his upcoming tax evasion trial that he shot down a request from federal prosecutors to wear a wire as part of an investigation of another prominent Chicago politician.

11/29/2012

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers arrives at court for his arraignment on federal tax charges on March 2, 2012. (CBS)

Beavers To Go On Trial Before End Of The Year

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers will go on trial before the end of the year on federal tax invasion charges, alleging he failed to declare more than $200,000 in campaign funds as earnings.

CBS Chicago–05/30/2012

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers arrives at court for his arraignment on federal tax charges on March 2, 2012. (CBS)

Beavers Holds Legal Fundraiser

One of the latest Chicago politicians in legal hot water hosted a fundraiser Monday night to raise money for his criminal defense. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

CBS Chicago–04/09/2012

The Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and Juvenile Court building. (Credit: CBS)

Student Group Calls For Changes To CPS Disciplinary Policies

A busload of Chicago Public Schools students set up shop outside the Cook County Juvenile Center on Monday, to suggest that’s where they’ll end up, unless CPS eases its disciplinary policies.

CBS Chicago–03/05/2012

Walter Jacobson

Walter’s Perspective: Feds Should Come Clean If They’re After Daley Brother

CBS 2’s Walter Jacobson wonder’s if Bill Beavers was serious when the indicted county official said federal prosecutors wanted him to wear a wire to nab John Daley, the former mayor’s brother.

03/01/2012

John Daley, William Beavers

County Board To Hold First Meeting Since Beavers’ Indictment

The Cook County Board on Thursday is holding its first meeting since Commissioner William Beavers (D-4th) was indicted by federal authorities on tax fraud charges.

CBS Chicago–03/01/2012

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers (D-4th)

Beavers To Be Arraigned On Friday

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers will be arraigned Friday on tax evasion charges for allegedly failing to report and pay taxes on income he earned by using campaign funds and county expense accounts for personal use.

CBS Chicago–02/27/2012

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers and U.S Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (CBS)

Commissioner Beavers On Patrick Fitzgerald: ‘F— him’

A day after he was indicted on federal tax evasion charges, Cook County Commissioner William Beavers had a message for U.S Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

02/25/2012

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers (D-4th)

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

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.

CBS Chicago–02/23/2012

Lollapalooza

County Board To Decide Whether Tax Break Continues For Lollapalooza

Cook County commissioners have approved a measure that will give them the final say in whether major entertainment events like Lollapalooza will get an exemption from the county’s amusement tax.

CBS Chicago–02/01/2012

Draft Beer

Cook County Finance Committee Backs Alcohol Tax Hike

A key Cook County committee has endorsed County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s plan to raise alcohol taxes as part of next year’s budget plan.

CBS Chicago–11/14/2011

Tony Peraica Mugshot

Ex-County Commissioner Peraica Jailed For Being Late To Court

Former Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica was tossed in jail for a brief time on Tuesday, after showing up late for a hearing in a misdemeanor case against him.

CBS Chicago–10/04/2011

Cook County Seal

Commissioner Pushes Plan To Eliminate Recorder Of Deeds Office

Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey said Monday that the county could save $1 million a year by eliminating the office of the County Recorder of Deeds and folding its duties into the County Clerk’s Office.

CBS Chicago–10/03/2011

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