Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was convicted today on tax-evasion charges at the federal courthouse in downtown Chicago.
A jury convicted Beavers
on one count of corruptly impeding the Internal Revenue Service and three counts
of filing a false federal income tax return for 2006, 2007 and 2008.
"There's no law against what I did," he added. "There's no law against gambling
with campaign funds."
Beavers has been on trial since last week on charges he failed to pay taxes
on at least $30,000 he took from his campaign funds and used to bet on slot
machines at the Horseshoe Casino. He is also charged with failing to report to
the IRS a $68,000 campaign check he deposited into his city pension as well as
$1,200-a-month stipends he received for about two years as a county