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    Cook County Commissioner William Beavers listens to a reporter's question at the federal building in Chicago, Thursday, March 21, 2013, after he was convicted of tax evasion for not declaring campaign cash he gambled away on slot machines as income. Beavers, whose commissioner's salary is $85,000, lost $500,000 over three years at Indiana's Horseshoe Casino, sometimes writing himself one $2,000 campaign check after another on daylong gambling binges. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    With the convictions of Jesse Jackson Jr., Sandi Jackson and William Beavers all coming within a month of each other, the 7th Ward entered elite company in Chicago. It’s one of only four wards with three convicted politicians, along with the 23rd, the 28th and the 31st. Here’s a list of the city’s crooked officeholders, by ward. 

    1. Ald. Fred Roti, bribery
    2. Ald. Fred Hubbard, embellzement
    3. Ald. Tyrone Kenner, bribery
    4. None yet
    5. Ald. Lawrence Bloom, bribery and income tax evasion
    6. None yet
    7. Ald. William Beavers, tax evasion; Ald. Sandi Jackson and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., using campaign funds for personal expenses
    8. Ald. Marian Humes, bribery
    9. Ald. Perry Hutchinson, insurance fraud
    10. Ald. Ed Vrdolyak, real estate fraud
    11. Ald. Patrick Huels, resigned after receiving a loan from a company that did city business
    12. Ald. Donald Swinarski, bribery
    13. Ald. Casimir Staszcuk, bribery; Ald. John Madrzyk, ghost payrolling
    14. City Clerk Walter Kozubowski, ghost payrolling; 
    15. Ald. Virgil Jones, bribery
    16. None yet
    17. Ald. Allan Streeter, bribery
    18. None yet
    19. None yet
    20. Ald. Cliff Kelley, ghost payrolling; Ald. Arenda Troutman, fraud
    21. Ald. Jesse Evans, bribery
    22. None yet
    23. Ald. Frank Kuta, bribery; Ald. Joseph Potempa, bribery and tax evasion; City Clerk Jim Laski, bribery
    24. Cook County Treasurer Edward Rosewell, ghost payrolling
    25. Ald. Ambrosio Medrano, bribery
    26. Ald. Stanley Zydlo, bribery
    27. Ald. Wallace Davis, bribery; state Rep. Derrick Smith, indicted for bribery
    28. Ald. Joseph Jambrone, bribery; Ald. William Carothers, extortion; Ald. Isaac “Ike” Carothers, bribery
    29. State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford, indicted for bank fraud
    30. None yet
    31. Ald. Thomas Keane, fraud and conspiracy; Ald. Chester Kuta, income tax evasion and fraud; Ald. Joseph Martinez, ghost payrolling
    32. U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, corruption
    33. Gov. Rod Blagojevich, 
    34. None yet
    35. State Rep. Joseph Kotlarz, theft by deception
    36. Ald. Louis Farina, extortion
    37. Ald. Percy Giles, bribery
    38. None yet
    39. Ald. Anthony Laurino, indicted for ghost payrolling, never tried on account of health
    40. None yet
    41. Ald. Edward Scholl, bribery
    42. None yet
    43. None yet
    44. None yet
    45. None yet
    46. None yet
    47. None yet
    48. None yet
    49. Ald. Paul Wigoda, bribery
    50. None yet
    What’s going on in the lakefront wards? Those do-gooders never get convicted of anything.

    Beavers Guilty of Tax Evasion

    [CHI] Beavers Guilty of Tax Evasion
    Cook County Commissioner continued to profess his innocence as he exited the federal courthouse after being found guilty of tax evasion. Phil Rogers reports. (Published Thursday, Mar 21, 2013)