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UPDATE: Ex-Chicago commissioner gets 6 months for tax evasion


William Beavers was sentenced Wednesday morning to six months in prison for tax evasion.


Another Chicago Democrat will go before a federal judge to learn whether he will have to serve time behind bars.

Prosecutors want a nearly two year prison term for William Beavers. The former Cook County commissioner is being sentenced today.

78-year-old Beavers was convicted by jurors for spending campaign cash on gambling without declaring it as income on his tax returns. Beavers was known for having a bravado reputation during his more than quarter-century in politics. He bragged about his influence and once described himself as a "hog with big nuts."

In pre-sentencing filings, prosecutors say Beavers committed crimes despite having had "a front row seat" to "the long and sordid history" of Illinois corruption. Due to his years of public service, the defense says he deserves leniency. They are asking for probation rather than a prison term.

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