Sam Adam Jr.

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)

Dramatic Opening For Defense In Beavers Tax Trial

During a losing streak at Hammond’s Horseshoe Casino in April 2007, William Beavers went back to the bank three times in less than five hours to cash a total of $6,000 in checks from his political campaign fund, prosecutors alleged as the Cook County commissioner’s trial began Thursday.


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

Judge Issues Gag Order After Beavers’ Attorneys Claim Jury Pool ‘Rigged’

Sam Adam Jr., an attorney for William Beavers, angrily told reporters Tuesday that he was “outraged” there were no black men in the 50-person jury pool. He suggested its composition was somehow fixed in advance. Beavers is black.


Jesse Jackson Jr. (Credit: John Gress/Getty Images)

Race To Replace Jackson Could Be ‘Wild, Wild West’

A crowded field could line up to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress, once a special election is set up to fill his seat following his resignation on Wednesday.

CBS 2–11/21/2012

Sam Adam Jr.

Defense Attorney Eyes Jackson Jr.’s Office

Sam Adam Jr. — a high-profile attorney never at a loss for words — says a lot of people want him to give it a go.


Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (center, blue sport coat) arrives at FCI Englewood, the federal prison in Littleton, Colo., to begin his 14-year sentence for corruption charges. (Credit: CBS)

Blagojevich To Start Working In Prison Library

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has headed from the kitchen to the library at the federal prison in suburban Denver, as he continues his 14-year sentence for corruption charges.

WBBM Newsradio–11/10/2012

State Rep. Derrick Smith. (Credit: CBS)

After Reclaiming Seat, Smith Pledges To Work With Lawmakers Who Booted Him

Fresh off regaining his seat in the Illinois House on Tuesday, Derrick Smith starred in a wild episode of Chicago-style politics Thursday morning, claiming himself to be “a new man,” and slamming Democratic Party leaders who tried to stop his bid to get back to Springfield.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2012

Andre Curry, 21, talks with CBS 2 about how he got in legal trouble for posting a photo of his taped daughter. (CBS)

Dad Who Posted Facebook Photo Of Duct-Taped Daughter Acquitted Of One Charge

A Chicago man who bound his 22-month-old daughter with tape and posted a photo on Facebook was acquitted Tuesday of unlawful restraint and will find out the verdict on a second charge next week.


Rod Blagojevich

Attorneys Think Blagojevich’s Sentence Will Be Reversed On Appeal

Attorneys in the first trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich still keep in touch with him, and think his sentence will be reversed on appeal if the case ever gets there.

CBS Chicago–09/14/2012

Sam Adam Jr.

Attorney Adam Says He’s Seen Nothing Like Peterson Prosecution’s Faux Pas

When the Drew Peterson murder trial ground once again to a halt because of a forbidden question Tuesday, it left Will County Judge Edward Burmila angry and a prominent defense attorney who was a spectator surprised.

WBBM Newsradio–08/15/2012

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)

Beavers Claims He Repaid Money At Center Of Tax Evasion Case

Facing income tax evasion charges, Cook County Commissioner William Beavers lambasted federal prosecutors on Thursday, claiming he has evidence the charges against him are trumped up.

CBS Chicago–07/05/2012

Rod Blagojevich

Blagojevich ‘Totally Bored’ In Prison: Report

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is not happy with his work assignment at the Colorado prison where he’s serving a 14-year term for corruption.


William Balfour, 30, is on trial for allegedly killing three members of Jennifer Hudson's family in 2008. (Cook County Sheriff's Dept.)

Potential Jurors See Clean-Cut Defendant In Hudson Family Murder Case

Legal experts say William Balfour’s defense team has a heavy burden because of the celebrity of Jennifer Hudson and the sympathy she may evoke among jurors. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


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.


Sam Adam Jr.

Former Blago Attorney: Tapes Would’ve Changed Outcome

Former Rod Blagojevich attorney Sam Adam Jr. still maintains that if all the tapes of wiretapped conversations had been played at trial, the outcome would have been different.

CBS 2–12/08/2011

Sam Adam Jr.

Former Attorney Doesn’t Expect Conviction For Blagojevich

As jurors enter their fifth day of deliberations in the retrial of deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich, his former attorney Sam Adam Jr. says he expects an acquittal or a hung jury.

CBS 2–06/16/2011

Sam Adam Jr. (Credit: CBS)

Former Lead Attorney Wishes Blago Good Luck

The lead attorney at Rod Blagojevich’s first trial showed up just before proceedings to wish Blago good luck as jury selection continues.

CBS Chicago–04/27/2011

Rod Blagojevich (credit: John Gress/Getty Images)

Prosecutors Fire Back At Blagojevich Attorneys

Federal prosecutors in Chicago are firing back at the attorneys who represented ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich during his corruption trial.


Rod Blagojevich Defense Team

Adams Team Excused From Second Blago Trial

A federal judge has excused Rod Blagojevich’s two most prominent attorneys from representing the former governor at his second corruption trial, although the father-son duo of Sam Adam Sr. and Sam Adam Jr. technically remain part of his defense team.

CBS 2–10/01/2010