By AP

Jury selection begins in Beavers' tax trial

CHICAGO (AP) — Potential jurors have started filling out questionnaires in the trial of an influential Cook County commissioner accused of tax evasion.

William Beavers' you-can't-touch-me bravado will be put to the test this week with the start of his trial in Chicago. Potential jurors started filling out paperwork Monday and they'll later be questioned one by one. Opening statements could happen Tuesday.

The combative 77-year-old Beavers has denied diverting money from his campaign funds without reporting it. He accuses prosecutors of vindictiveness.

Illinois Campaign for Political Reform spokesman David Morrison says Beavers is an artifact of old-school Chicago politicians. Morrison says some politicians saw their elected seats as "spoils of war" they could use to improve their lives and the lives of relatives.

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