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The Quotable Bill Beavers

Updated: March 25, 2012 8:19AM



“This is horse s--- I’m not worried about,”

— Cook County Commissioner William Beavers’ reaction to Thursday’s indictment.

“I’m the hog with the big nuts.”

— What Beavers allegedly told a sheriff’s sergeant who complained in 2007 about sheriff’s deputies doing political work for Beavers on county time. Beavers later admitted the phrase reflected how he saw himself, but denied he used it to intimidate anyone.

“You know he’s a born loser, I’ve always said that he’s a born loser.”

— Referring to fellow Commissioner Forrest Claypool’s decision in 2009 not to run for County Board president.

“We started off bad because I don’t like the way you dress, and I told you that,”

— Dressing down casually-attired Juvenile Detention Center Director Earl Dunlop last year. Beavers always dresses to kill.

“I don’t need nothing from you. And if it’s all right with you, I’ll deal with him,”

— Beavers’ recollection of what he told newly elected Board President Toni Preckwinkle after her swearing-in, meaning he would deal with her chief of staff Kurt Summers instead of her.

“If you can survive 20 years [as an alderman] without going to jail, then you need a pension and you should have it at 55. Why should you have to wait?”

— Arguing for a legislative proposal to let aldermen retire younger in 1999

— Abdon M. Pallasch and Lisa Donovan



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