Disgraced Legislator Vows To Fight Tax Evasion Conviction
Description:Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was convicted of tax evasion today but says he will fight, claiming the judge was unfair and the charges trumped up.
It took a jury less than an hour or two to convict him on all counts.
Records show the 78-year-old outspoken Democrat spent 18 days at casinos in some months. And between 2006 and 2008 he was taking money from his campaign funds and using it for personal expenses or to gamble. Beavers’s lawyers told the jury he intended to pay it back.(2:18)