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Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 2:15 PM
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By AP

Beavers Judge: Prosecution Can Mention 2005 Taxes

Beavers Judge: Prosecution Can Mention 2005 Taxes

Would-be jurors at the tax-evasion trial of an influential Chicago Democrat are scheduled to begin filling out questionnaires as the process of picking 12 panelists begins in earnest. Read »

Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 11:20 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

William Beavers Jury Selection Delayed In Tax-Evasion Trial

William Beavers Jury Selection Delayed In Tax-Evasion Trial

The trial of influential Chicago-area politician William Beavers is set to begin after months of months of trial delays. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012 at 11:45 AM
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By Associated Press
      

Beavers' Tax Trial Delayed Before It Begins

The trial of an influential Chicago-area politician is being pushed back into next month. Jury selection was set to continue Tuesday in the tax evasion case against Cook County Commissioner William Beavers. But... Read »

Monday, Dec 3, 2012 at 6:11 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Beavers Says He'll Testify in Tax-Evasion Trial

William Beavers spoke to reporters after appearing in federal court for the first day of jury selection, a step that was ultimately delayed due to the illness of lawyer Victor Henderson Read »

Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 4:14 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Blago Judge to Rule on Motions in Beavers Case

The judge who presided over Rod Blagojevich's corruption trials and sentenced the former governor will decide on motions Friday related to Cook County commissioner William Beavers. Read »

Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 4:13 PM
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By Associated Press

Judge To Rule On Beavers' I-Paid-It-Back Defense

Judge To Rule On Beavers' I-Paid-It-Back Defense

A judge will decide whether an influential Cook County commissioner facing federal tax charges can tell a jury he paid back money borrowed from his campaign — although apparently only after realizing he was... Read »

Friday, Nov 9, 2012 at 9:55 PM
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By Lauren Petty, Charlie Wojciechowski & Lisa Balde
      

County Board Approves Cig, Gun Taxes

New taxes could generate as much as $40 million in the face of a $240 million budget deficit. Read »

Thursday, Jul 5, 2012 at 7:40 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Commissioner Beavers Bares Teeth

Indicted Cook County Commissioner William Beavers went on the attack Thursday over claims he took thousands of dollars from campaign accounts for personal use. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012 at 9:59 PM
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By Lindsay Smith

Commissioner Beavers' Trial Date Set

Commissioner Beavers' Trial Date Set

Commissioner William Beavers pleaded not guilty in March to charges of filing false tax returns. Read »

Monday, Apr 9, 2012 at 7:00 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Beavers Plans Fund-Raiser at McDonald's

Beavers Plans Fund-Raiser at McDonald's

A Cook County commissioner accused of tax fraud is asking for help to pay some of his legal bills. William Beavers on Monday will host a fundraiser at McDonald's at Navy Pier. The event costs $125 per ticket and... Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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Jesse Jackson Jr.

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Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

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

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Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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Michael Madigan

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

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