Hog Loses Some of His Nuts
Politicians in Illinois are struggling to keep their tax affairs in straight order. Last October, the Mayor of Channahon pleaded guilty to two counts of income tax evasion.
Earlier today, William Beavers, a Commissioner of Cook County, was indicted for three separate counts for filing false income tax returns. Beavers is known for calling himself the “Hog With the Big Nuts.”
Beavers allegedly concealed his under-reporting of income and underpayment of taxes on thousands of dollars that he converted to personal use from his campaign accounts – including more than $68,000 in personal gain on one occasion that was not reported – as well as from his county discretionary spending account. Between 2006 and 2008, Beavers allegedly paid himself more than $225,000 from three separate campaign accounts and used at least a portion of those funds for personal purposes, including gambling. In 2006, he used more than $68,000 from a campaign account to boost his city pension, and between 2006 and 2008, he used his $1,200 monthly county contingency account for personal purposes without reporting any of these funds as income on his federal tax returns, the indictment alleges.
A Chicago Tribune reporter reached out to Beavers for comment. Beavers claims he was indicted because he refused to wear a wire to assist authorities with an investigation of John Daley, a fellow Commissioner of Cook County.
“They wanted me to wire up, and I’m not wiring up. I’m no stool pigeon. It’s just not going to happen,” Beavers said.
Beavers is 77 years old. He sounds like a man who doesn’t like to get pushed around. At his age, I don’t blame him. But that’s no excuse for tax fraud. We’ll see how this plays out.