News Coverage: William Beavers


April 10, 2012 @ 8:07 AM

Beavers legal-defense bash moved from McDonald’s to Navy Pier ballroom


Hours before a fund-raiser to help him pay his legal bills, Cook County Commissioner William Beavers switched the site for the event Monday from the McDonald’s at Navy Pier to a more upscale banquet facility on the pier. Beavers, who’s facing federal tax-evasion charges, said Monday afternoon that the fund-raiser was moved to The Crystal Gardens ballroom to accommodate the large crowd expected at the $125-a-ticket event.

April 09, 2012 @ 7:00 AM

Beavers to hold defense fund-raiser at McDonald's

Chicago Sun-Times/

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers is scrambling to raise money to defend himself against federal tax-evasion charges. Today, Beavers will hold a $125-a-ticket event at the McDonald’s on Navy Pier. City records show the owner of the Navy Pier McDonald’s on Navy Pier is Blanton Canady, whose company has given money to the political campaign funds of Beavers and his daughter, who briefly was Chicago’s 7th Ward alderman. 

March 02, 2012 @ 5:06 PM

Beavers: U.S Atty. Fitzgerald 'wild man' responsible for three suicides

Chicago Sun-Times/

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]

February 29, 2012 @ 1:22 PM

Beavers shakes John Daley’s hand at 1st meeting since indictment


Cook County Commissioner William Beavers attended his first public meeting Wednesday since his indictment on tax-evasion charges — and made sure reporters saw him shake hands with Commissioner John Daley. Beavers has said he was indicted because he refused the FBI’s request to wear a wire and record conversations with Daley.

  • Todd Stronger defends friend and ally William Beavers [WBEZ]

February 24, 2012 @ 5:27 PM

Feds subpoenaed Illinois election board in Beavers probe


The Illinois State Board of Elections received two subpoenas - including one earlier this month - from federal prosecutors during their investigation of Cook County Commissioner William Beavers. The most recent subpoena, dates Feb. 7, 2012, requested "any and all documents" regarding Beavers or the three campaign committees he controls.

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