Story by 89 WLS web writer Kim Rasmussen
(CHICAGO) Cook County Commissioner William Beavers stopped to talk to reporters on his way out of court Monday.
Beavers reiterated that he will testify, saying he has to tell what these people are all about."They tell some tall tales," he said.
He went on to say, "The problem here is you all think the government is so smart. That they can defeat everybody. Their thing is if you plead guilty. They try their best to get you to plead guilty. They don't win that many cases. They get people to plead. I'm not pleading."
Beavers says he's very confident in his case. "I've been saying the same thing from day one. ... I've showed you paperwork where they lied. They finally admitted that they did come and ask me to testify against John Daley. They asked me to be a stool pigeon. I'm not a stool pigeon. That's what it's all about."
When 89 WLS reporter Bill Cameron confronted Beavers, saying the other side says he didn't pay the money until he got caught, Beavers replied, "Listen, I paid the money back long before they even came, ok? The money was paid before they even created a grand jury. Even before they started an investigation."
Beavers ended by saying, "I'll be able to show the jury all this money was paid."
The government claims Beavers failed to pay taxes on $225,000 he took from his campaign fund to spend on his pension and a gambling spree, among other things.
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