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Jury selection set for Beavers tax trial

CHICAGO — Jury selection is slated to begin in the federal tax-evasion trial of an influential Cook County commissioner.

William Beavers is accused of diverting thousands of dollars from campaign coffers for personal use without reporting it as income on his returns. Prosecutors say the 77-year-old Democrat spent much of the money on casino gambling.

Potential jurors will fill out questionnaires Monday and then face one-by-one questioning in court by the presiding judge, James Zagel.

Among the questions on the questionnaires is whether would-be jurors were ever audited by the IRS. Another question asks if they have strong feelings about gambling.

Lawyers have said a jury could be in place as soon as Tuesday. Once they're impaneled, attorneys would deliver their opening statements. The trial is expected to last about two weeks.

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