Former Cook County Commissioner William "Hog Balls" Beavers got a judicial slap on the wrist today by U.S. District Judge James Zagel when he was sentenced to 6 months in prison for failing to pay taxes on the tens of thousands of dollars he took out of his campaign fund to feed his need to gamble and "other" personal expenses.
Of course Beavers has been unrepentant throughout the process and has basically thumbed his nose at the law, well, at least until he was getting ready to be sentenced. That's because he didn't want to "piss off" the judge as he was handing down the length of time he had to serve. Such a BIG LITTLE MAN this William Beavers is huh? But you know what should really crank the people he once served is that he says they think he is a hero. Well excuse me! William Beavers Ain't No Hero and he never will be so long as he thinks he is above the law.
You know I am just astounded at the arrogance of these old-style machine politicians who think that they are owed more than what they deserve. And it isn't just Mr. Hog Balls that does that as the powerful Edward M. Burke has really figured out the best scam yet when he voted on a measure to limit how many challenges City Hall can invoke on his own nifty property tax law practice.
Case in point: Edward Burke currently represents multiple big name clients who want a substantial reduction in the property tax money they owe the City of Chicago and City Hall is basically powerless to challenge their elder leader because he also had a direct vote when rules were passed governing that sort of thing. Of 568 pending refund cases, City Hall is permitted to challenge a paltry 63?
Now Beavers and Burke must be cut from the cloth when it comes to stiffing the taxpayers but when it comes to being smarter or having the bigger set of hog balls, well Edward M. Burke definitely wins that contest, er, pants down. Then again Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios ain't no lightweight either, after all he is the Nepotism King of Cook County.
Believe me folks -
there's just no way in hell that Cook County Politics spawn heroes.
But hey they do have a big number of stugots pretending to be!
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