William Beavers

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William M. Beavers (born February 21, 1935) is a County Commissioner for District 4 of Cook County, Illinois, which encompasses part of Chicago's South Side and southern suburbs. Beavers is considered a skilled political insider. His aldermanic biography boasted that "he is a master of the back-room deals," "an alderman's alderman," and "an avid smoker" whose suits are "finely tailored." He also has a reputation for being forthright and candid.

William Beavers
Cook County Commissioner - 4th District
Assumed office
Constituency 4th District
City of Chicago Alderman
In office
Constituency 7th Ward, Chicago
Personal details
Born (1935-02-21) February 21, 1935 (age 80)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic Party
Alma mater Harold Washington College

Early life[edit]

Beavers was born and raised in Chicago's Kenwood/Oakland neighborhood, one of six children. Beavers' mother worked in retail and as a waitress. Beavers' father was a steel mill worker. Later, Beavers' father worked for a wrecking company and died in an accident on the job.[1] Beavers was educated in the Chicago Public Schools and attended Harold Washington College.[2] Beavers was a Chicago police officer for 21 years.[3][2]

Chicago Alderman[edit]

Beavers was an alderman of the 7th Ward (map) in Chicago's far south side. A member of the Democratic Party, he served in the Chicago City Council from 1983 to 2006.

Beavers said he had read Linda Lovelace's autobiography Ordeal, and had visitied a topless beach and a nude beach, but had never visited a nudist camp, speaking on April 11, 2000 during testimony at a public hearing before the Finance Committee of the Chicago City Council on a proposed designation of a part of Walton Street in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood, the location of the first Playboy Club, as "Hugh Hefner Way" in honor of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.[4][5]

Cook County Commissioner[edit]

In 2006, Beavers reportedly engineered a complex deal concerning the retirement of Cook County Board President John Stroger, who suffered a stroke in March of that year. The deal called for Beavers to assume Stroger's County Commissioner seat, Stroger's son, Todd Stroger, to replace his father on the November 2006 ballot as County Board president, and for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley to appoint Beavers' daughter and chief of staff, Darcel Beavers, to her father's 7th Ward seat.[citation needed]

Tax evasion conviction[edit]

On February 23, 2012, Beavers was indicted on four federal charges alleging he filed false tax returns and "endeavoring to obstruct and impede" the Internal Revenue Service.[6] On March 21, 2013, Beavers was found guilty of tax evasion and now faces a maximum three-year prison term on each of the four tax counts he was found guilty of.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Beavers has a son and two daughters. His son is an investigator for the Cook County state's attorney's office. One daughter works in the private sector, and the other, Darcel, was his aldermanic chief of staff and was appointed to succeed Beavers as alderman.[1]

"I like to go to the gambling boats, maybe twice a week. Play the slots. That's my relaxation," Beavers said in profile in the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine in 2006.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Kogan, Rick (2006-06-11). "Change Is Coming; And William Beavers wants to stick around long enough to see the 'Chicago of the future'". Chicago Tribune. 
  2. ^ a b "William M. Beavers". Cook County Government, Illinois. 2010. Retrieved January 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Committee History". Chicago City Council: Committee on the Budget and Government Operations. Retrieved January 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ Greising, David (2000-04-12). "Street Scene Over Hef's Name Bares Mostly Silliness". Chicago Tribune. 
  5. ^ McClelland, Edward (2012-02-24). "William Beavers's Vices". NBC Chicago News. 
  6. ^ "Cook County Commissioner Bill Beavers indicted". Chicago Public Radio. Retrieved February 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ Bellware, Kim (March 21, 2013). "William Beavers Found Guilty of Tax Evasion.". Huffington Post. 

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