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Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 3:22 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Beavers Files Appeal, Argues for New Trial

Beavers Files Appeal, Argues for New Trial

Former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers asked Wednesday for a new trial, arguing in his appeal, that adverse rulings by Judge James Zagel “eviscerated” his chance to present a meaningful and complete... Read »

Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 9:46 AM
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By Associated Press

Court Says Beavers Must Report to Prison

Court Says Beavers Must Report to Prison

The 78-year-old Beavers was convicted in March for not declaring campaign money that he used to gamble as income. U.S. District Judge James Zagel sentenced him in September. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 12:59 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Judge Orders Beavers to Report to Jail Dec. 2

Judge Orders Beavers to Report to Jail Dec. 2

A judge on Thursday denied William Beavers request to remain free on bond while his case is appealed. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 at 6:58 AM
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By Phil Rogers

Attorneys Try to Keep Beavers Out of Jail

Attorneys Try to Keep Beavers Out of Jail

Attorneys for former County Commissioner William Beavers have filed a motion in federal court asking that he be permitted to stay out of jail on bond while his appeal is heard. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 2:40 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: For Beavers, Everything Is Simply One Big Misunderstanding

Opinion: For Beavers, Everything Is Simply One Big Misunderstanding

William Beavers thinks he's misunderstood. But maybe the misunderstanding lies with the voters who once believed Beavers was one kind of a man, only to find out he was something else entirely. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 1:22 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski

William Beavers After Sentencing: 'I'm a Hero'

Former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was sentenced Wednesday to six months in prison and a $10,000 fine for tax evasion. Read »

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 8:55 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Replacement Named For Beavers' County Commission Seat

Source: committee was pressured to choose Stanley Moore. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 1:29 PM
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By Associated Press

Candidate To Replace Beavers Has Ethical Troubles

Candidate To Replace Beavers Has Ethical Troubles

A published report says a leading candidate to replace convicted Commissioner William Beavers on the Cook County Board has some ethics problems of his own. Read »

Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Chicago's Most Corrupt Wards

Chicago's Most Corrupt Wards

With the conviction of William Beavers, the 7th Ward moves to the top of the list. Read »

Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 9:08 PM
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By Amanda Bonafiglia

Committee to Appoint Beavers' Replacement

Committee to Appoint Beavers' Replacement

Cook County Chairman Joe Berrios said Friday he would appoint a committee to seat left open by just-convicted Cook County Commissioner William Beavers. Read »

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