A judge has denied a former Cook County commissioner's request to remain free while his lawyers appeal his tax-evasion conviction. Today's ruling means the 78-year-old William Beavers must report to prison by Monday. He'll serve a six-month sentence. In his two-page ruling, U.S. District Judge James Zagel writes that, by law, a defendant seeking to stay out of prison must show he's likely to prevail on appeal. But Zagel concludes Beavers' arguments for overturning his conviction aren't compelling. Beavers was convicted in March for failing to declare campaign money he used to gamble as income. Zagel sentenced him in September. After spending more than a quarter century as a leading Chicago Democrat, Beavers never testified at his sentencing hearing. He declared after the trial, ``I ain't begging for nothing.''
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