William Beavers

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

Judge Denies Beavers’ Bid To Stay Out Of Jail Pending Appeal

A federal judge has denied former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers’ request to remain free on bond while he appeals his conviction on tax evasion charges.

11/26/2013

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

Beavers Gets 6 Months, $10K Fine For Tax Evasion

Federal prosecutors had been seeking a sentence of nearly two years for Beavers, who was convicted in March of four counts of tax evasion.

09/25/2013

Cook County Board

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

Todd Stroger

Todd Stroger Interested In Beavers’ County Board Seat

Former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger tells the Chicago Sun-Times he will reach out to Democratic Party committeemen over the weekend to determine how much support he may have.

03/22/2013

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)

William Beavers Found Guilty In Tax Trial

A jury has found William Beavers guilty in his tax corruption trial.

03/21/2013

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 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)

Beavers’ Defense Rests Case At Tax Trial

Defense attorneys for Cook County Commissioner William Beavers rested their case at his tax trial on Wednesday, and the commissioner himself did not follow through on his promise to take the stand.

03/20/2013

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

IRS Agent Links William Beavers’ Campaign Spending To Gambling Sprees

An IRS agent indicates he gave Commissioner Bill Beavers every possible break in figuring his tax liabilities, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

03/19/2013

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)

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.

03/15/2013

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.

03/13/2013

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 arrives at court for his arraignment on federal tax charges on March 2, 2012. (CBS)

Beavers’ Tax Evasion Trial Delayed Again, Until March

A federal judge has set another new date for a Chicago politician’s tax-evasion trial.

12/21/2012

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)

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 arrives at court for his arraignment on federal tax charges on March 2, 2012. (CBS)

Beavers: ‘No Question About It, I’ll Be On The Stand’

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers vowed to take the stand in his own defense Monday as the first stages of jury selection got underway for his upcoming tax evasion trial.

12/03/2012

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, 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

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

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