Dem on trial seen as part of Chicago politics
CHICAGO – The grizzled Chicago Democrat has compared himself to a virile hog, likened a then-chief prosecutor to a Nazi and bragged about directing government investigators to kiss his posterior.
William Beavers’ you-can’t-touch-me bravado will be put to the test as the former police officer-turned-politician beats a path – well-worn in Illinois – to a federal courthouse for testimony at his tax-evasion trial this week.
The combative Cook County commissioner stands accused of diverting more than $225,000 from campaign coffers to feed a casino-gambling habit and for other personal use without reporting it. Jury selection began Monday, and opening statements are expected later this week.
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