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Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 5:16 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Todd Stroger Reportedly Interested in Beavers' Seat

Todd Stroger Reportedly Interested in Beavers' Seat

Former Cook County Board president wants to get back into the political game. Read »

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 9:42 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Phil Rogers
      

Beavers Guilty of Tax Evasion

The 12 men and women of the jury reached their verdict quickly, deliberating for just a couple of hours following a morning of closing arguments and jury instructions. Read »

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 6:32 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Beavers Tax Evasion Trial Goes to Jury

Cook County Commissioner pleaded not guilty to one count of obstructing the IRS and three of filing false tax returns from 2006 through 2008. Each carries a maximum three-year prison term. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 7:19 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Beavers Defense Rests Without Commissioner on Stand

Closing arguments were scheduled to begin Thursday in the tax evasion case against Cook County Commissioner William Beavers. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 7:07 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Feds Rest Case Against Commissioner Beavers

Feds Rest Case Against Commissioner Beavers

Government's case against Cook County Commissioner has been, at times, a mind-numbing excursion through the his bank statements, tax forms, even computer printouts of the Player’s Card he used at Hammond’s... Read »

Monday, Mar 18, 2013 at 8:14 PM
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By Associated Press

IRS agent: Beavers Gambled at Frantic Pace

IRS agent: Beavers Gambled at Frantic Pace

A Chicago Democrat cashed multiple four-figure checks from his campaign to himself and then gambled the money away on slot machines at a feverish pace -- sometimes within hours on a single day -- an Internal... Read »

Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 9:38 PM
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By Michael Tarm

Casino: Beavers Lost $500K on Slot Machines

Casino: Beavers Lost $500K on Slot Machines

A powerful Chicago politician who earns just a five-figure salary gambled away nearly $500,000 playing slot machines over three years at a single casino, according to records entered into evidence by prosecutors... Read »

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 9:33 PM
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By Michael Tarm
      

Prosecutors: Beavers Lied About Campaign Money

A prosecutor told jurors at an influential Chicago Democrat's tax evasion trial Thursday that he spent thousands from his campaign coffers at a casino, falsely declaring he'd spent it on campaign signs. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:46 AM
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By Michael Tarm

Gag Order Issued On Attorneys in Beavers Trial

Gag Order Issued On Attorneys in Beavers Trial

The judge presiding over the tax-evasion trial of an influential Chicago Democrat imposed a gag order Wednesday on the attorneys handling the case after one of the defense lawyers said jury-pool selection was... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 8:53 PM
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By Michael Tarm

No Black Men in Beavers Jury Pool; Defense Objects

No Black Men in Beavers Jury Pool; Defense Objects

Race became an issue Tuesday at the tax-evasion trial of an influential Cook County commissioner after the defense complained there were no black men in an initial jury pool and asked for it to be dismissed. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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Ed Burke

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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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