Cook County Commissioner William Beavers on Friday pleaded not guilty to the federal tax evasion charges he’s facing and then blasted U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald as “a wild man on a train” and declared “somebody needs stop him.” Beavers accused Fitzgerald of driving three people he investigated to suicide.
- Beavers Pleads Not Guilty, Calls U.S. Attorney ‘Worse Than J. Edgar Hoover’ [CBS Chicago]
- Cook County Commissioner William Beavers pleads not guilty [Chicago Tribune]
Ten days after bragging about going 24 hours without a homicide in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday confronted a more sobering statistic: the murder rate is up 53.8 percent from the same period a year ago.
Chicago aldermen on Tuesday laughed off a proposal to install toll booths on Lake Shore Drive, but warmed to the concept of a 1 percent commuter tax because the $300 million-a-year levy would be imposed on suburbanites — not city residents.
- Chicago aldermen tweak suburbanites on idea of 'commuter tax' [Clout Street]