That video from three years ago says it all…
"The master of the back-room deals," "an alderman's alderman, and my personal favorite “The hog with the big nuts.” All of things that Cook County commissioner William Beavers calls himself. Beavers was indicted last week on four federal charges alleging he filed false tax returns and "endeavoring to obstruct and impede" the Internal Revenue Service.
Of course in typical William Beavers fashion, he answers the allegation in the best way he knew how: “How do I know? I don’t know. I don’t even know John Daley that well. I told them I’m too old to be a stool pigeon. Shit. And when I’m ready to confess, I’ll go to confession — that’s what I told them. I have an attorney.”
The indictment states that Beavers took his $1,200 monthly allowance as a Cook County Commissioner, used it for personal purposes, and didn't list it as income on his taxes from December 2006 through "at least" December 2008 read it here.
William Beavers is one of the last patronage kings Chicago has left. I used to joke that The “Ronin Gibbons” character from the short-lived television show Chicago Code was based on Beavers. The similarities are eerily similar (both wore, tailored suits, handed out city jobs like candy, etc.). Also word has it that Beavers will get the same judge that Rod Blagojevich had (not good). My dad used to tell me that he would see Beavers gambling at the Horseshoe Casino. I hope he wasn’t gambling on the taxpayers’ dime.