A public corruption investigation has netted a thirteenth indictment: that of a former chief of staff in the Illinois Department of Public Health. Quinshaunta Golden, 44, of Homewood, is accused of taking about $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.
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 thirteen indictments are necessarily connected; another alleged fraudster is former State Rep. Connie Howard (D-Chicago), who had already pleaded guilty.
Lewis says he cannot abide the alleged abuse: “Public corruption makes my blood boil.”
Golden’s court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 23.