Former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers reports to prison Monday to begin a six-month sentence for tax evasion.
Beavers’ last-ditch efforts to remain free failed; his attorneys argued he was a life-long public servant who didn’t pose a flight risk, and they asked that he remain free while they appeal his conviction.
On Tuesday, a federal judge rejected the bid, saying Beavers hasn’t shown any reason to believe his appeal would result in a reversal or new trial; the next day an appeals court refused to push back Beavers’ surrender date.
By the time the court hears oral arguments in Beavers’ appeal in late February, Beavers will have already completed half of his sentence.
The former Chicago alderman and Cook County Commissioner is serving time for failing to pay taxes on hundreds of thousands of dollars he took from his campaign funds.
During the trial, prosecutors alleged Beavers used those funds like a piggybank — gambling with much of the money at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana.
Beavers must also pay a $10,000 fine, perform 400 hours of community service and refrain from gambling for one year after his release.
Since his arrest, Beavers has maintained that the feds came after him only because he refused to wear a wire in an investigation of fellow County Board member John Daley.
Beavers’ lawyer Sam Adam Jr. tells WGN-TV, he expects Beavers will arrive at the Minnesota prison by 1 p.m.