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Prosecution could rest at Beavers' trial

Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 7:35 a.m. CST

CHICAGO — Prosecutors could rest their tax-evasion case against a Cook County commissioner shortly after his trial resumes.

Government attorneys told a federal judge in Chicago on Monday evening that they could be finished with their presentation to jurors by Tuesday afternoon.

William Beavers would then have to decide whether he'll take the stand in his own defense. The Chicago Democrat repeatedly vowed to do just that before testimony began last week.

The 78-year-old has denied charges he diverted around $225,000 from his campaign coffers for personal use without declaring it as income.

Prosecutors say Beavers put the majority of that money toward feeding a gambling habit during frequent trips to the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind.

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