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William Beavers to face trial on Dec. 3

Updated: June 27, 2012 12:02PM

A federal judge on Wednesday set Dec. 3 as the trial date for Cook County Commissioner William Beavers, who is facing federal tax charges.

“The defense is going to need significant time to prepare,” said U.S. District Judge James Zagel.

The feds allege he failed to pay taxes on more than $226,000 he took from his campaign funds and his county expense account to go gambling and to boost his city pension.

The crime was not taking the money ­— it was failing to report it and pay taxes on it when he converted it to personal use, prosecutors say.

Beavers was indicted in February. He has called the indictment “horses---.” He also claimed the feds only indicted him because he refused to wear a wire on fellow Commissioner John Daley, the brother of former Mayor Richard M. Daley and of former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley.

“They tried to get to me to become a stool pigeon, and I wouldn’t become a stool pigeon,” Beavers said in February when he learned of the indictment from the Sun-Times. “They wanted me to wear a wire on John Daley. S---.”

Asked why FBI agents wanted him to wear a wire, he barked: “How do I know? I don’t know. I don’t even know John Daley that well. I told them I’m too old to be a stool pigeon. S---. And when I’m ready to confess, I’ll go to confession — that’s what I told them. I have an attorney.”

John Daley said at the time he was surprised at what he characterized as Beavers’ attempt to change the story.

“I have no idea what he’s talking about,” Daley said.

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