Former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was sentenced Wednesday to six months in prison and mandated to pay fines and back taxes after being convicted of tax evasion in March.
The former 7th ward Chicago alderman was convicted on four counts of tax evasion for falsifying tax documents for the years of 2006, 2007 and 2008. Specifically, the 78 year-old was convicted of taking money from his campaign fund for personal use, including gambling trips to Hammond, Indiana, and failing to pay taxes on the money.
Beavers, who lost his job as a result of the scandal, was found guilty of failing to pay taxes on some $68,000 in campaign funds that he deposited into his pension account as a way to boost his monthly payout. Beavers also failed to pay taxes on more than $28,000 in county expense funds.
Beavers, who is mandated to report to jail on December 2, is required to pay a $10,000 fine and $39,000 in back taxes. Beavers says he plans to appeal the sentence and explained to reporters why he did not speak directly to the judge while in court today.
"I don’t want to piss him off," Beavers said of Judge James Zagel. "I don’t beg my woman, so you know I wouldn’t beg the judge, all right?"