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Attorneys Try to Keep Beavers Out of Jail

Former Cook County Commissioner was convicted in March of tax evasion



    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.

    "There can be no question that William Beavers is not a flight risk and he poses absolutely no danger to anyone," the attorneys wrote. "William Beavers has lived an upstanding life of public service, including as a Chicago Police Officer, an Alderman and Cook County Commissioner.

    Mr. Beavers graduated from the Police Academy in 1962 and has spent the last fifty (50)-plus years in public service, including the last three decades in government, after he ran for Alderman in 1983," the attorneys explained.

    "Beavers is a public figure and he has incredibly tight knit and substantial connections to the area. Beavers poses no risk of flight if released on bond pending the resolution of his appeal. During the proceedings before this Court, Mr. Beavers was on bond. He appeared at every court date when his presence was required and has never been in violation of any Court order or term of release."

    Beavers is scheduled to surrender Dec. 2 to begin serving a 6 month sentence. He was sentenced in September for tax evasion.

    The motion will be heard in Judge James Zagel's court on Thursday morning at 9:30.