A public corruption investigation has netted a 13th indictment: that of a former chief of staff in the Illinois Department of Public Health. Quinshaunta Golden, 44, of Homewood, is accused of taking $433,000 in bribes and kickbacks through state grants and contracts. She was chief of staff to Dr. Eric Whitaker when he was IDPH director.
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U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis said the evidence leads to Golden’s alleged involvement. He had nothing to announce about Whitaker. Not all of the 13 indictments are necessarily connected; another alleged fraudster is former State Rep. Connie Howard, who has already pleaded guilty. Lewis says he cannot abide the alleged abuse: “Public corruption makes my blood boil,” he said. Golden’s court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 23.