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.
Federal prosecutors had been seeking a sentence of nearly two years for Beavers, who was convicted in March of four counts of tax evasion.
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.
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.
A jury has found William Beavers guilty in his tax corruption 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.
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.
An IRS agent indicates he gave Commissioner Bill Beavers every possible break in figuring his tax liabilities, reports WBBM’s John Cody.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A federal judge has set another new date for a Chicago politician’s tax-evasion trial.
Jury selection at the trial of a Chicago politician accused of misusing campaign funds has been delayed until next year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.