William Beavers guilty on tax evasion charges

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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.

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 commissioner.

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Cook County Commissioner William Beavers leaves the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in downtown Chicago on Thursday, March 14, 2013. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)