William Beavers

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William M. Beavers (born February 21, 1935) is an African-American Democratic politician, former Chicago alderman and former County Commissioner for District 4 of Cook County, Illinois, which encompasses part of Chicago's South Side and southern suburbs. He is also a convicted federal felon.[1]

William Beavers
Cook County Commissioner - 4th District
In office
Constituency 4th District
City of Chicago Alderman
In office
Constituency 7th Ward, Chicago
Personal details
Born (1935-02-21) February 21, 1935 (age 82)
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.[2] Beavers was educated in the Chicago Public Schools and attended Harold Washington College.[3] Beavers was a Chicago police officer for 21 years.[4][3]

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.[5][6]

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.[7][8] Following the indictment, he lashed out against the federal prosecutor.[9] On March 21, 2013, Beavers was found guilty of tax evasion and faced a maximum three-year prison term on each of the four tax counts he was found guilty of.[10] Beavers was sentenced to six months in jail, a $10,000 fine, and ordered to pay almost $31,000 in back taxes.[11] In June, 2014, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld his conviction.[12]

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.[2]

"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.[2]


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