Ill. Official Gambled With Campaign Funds, Jury Hears

Law360, Chicago (March 14, 2013, 6:22 PM EDT) -- A federal prosecutor told jurors Thursday that Cook County Commissioner William Beavers failed to properly report campaign funds he used for gambling and other personal pursuits as income, while the defense shot back that the withdrawals were loans and Beavers had committed no crime.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Samuel Cole said during opening statements that the longtime Democratic politician had under-reported income from the $68,000 he moved from one of his campaign accounts to his pension fund, some of the roughly $226,000 in campaign funds he allegedly...
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