Sentencing scheduled in state worker theft, bribery scheme

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A former Illinois Department of Public Health aide accused in a bribery and theft scheme involving state funds is due in court for sentencing. Quinshaunta Golden pleaded guilty last year to bribery, theft and obstruction of justice in a kickback scheme she’s accused of hiding. She’s expected in court on Friday. The accusations stem from Golden’s time as chief of staff, a position she held from 2003 to 2008. Golden allegedly took steps to ensure millions in grants went to not-for-profit groups controlled by Leon Dingle Jr., who was convicted last year with his wife on charges they stole money meant to raise awareness of AIDS and cancer. This week, Golden’s attorney submitted a list of character witnesses who may testify. They include Congressman Danny Davis. Golden is his niece.