Beavers’ tax-evasion trial to begin

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Another politician from the Chicago area will be in federal court.

This time it’s Cook County Commissioner William Beavers, who is charged with tax evasion.

Federal prosecutors say Beavers spent $226,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses and never paid taxes on it.

They say Beavers also failed to pay taxes on $69,000 in campaign contributions that he placed in a city retirement fund in 2006, in order to more than double his monthly pension.

The Defense argues that Beavers amended his tax returns and paid some of the money back to the campaign, in order to prove that it was a loan.

Beavers had claimed that the FBI is only targeting him because he refused to be a “stool pigeon.”

Beavers said FBI agents asked him to wear a wire for their investigation of fellow county commissioner John Daley, the brother of former Mayor Richard Daley.

John Daley was never charged with a crime.

In order to make those arguments at trial, Beavers would have to take the stand.

Beavers is a former Chicago police officer and 7th Ward alderman.

He has remained on the Cook County Board, since he was first elected in 2006.

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