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Quentin Young Withdraws As State Health Board Chairman Over Conflict Of Interest

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CHICAGO (AP) -- A retired doctor recently appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn to lead a scandal-plagued state board has withdrawn from the job because of a conflict of interest.

Quinn's office announced Tuesday that Dr. Quentin Young withdrew as chairman of the Health Facilities Planning Board because he has a minority interest in a doctor's office that owns property being leased to a health care system.

Under state law, board members can't have business relationships with health care institutions. Young identified the conflict after his appointment last week.

Gov. Pat Quinn said the lease deal happened after Young retired.

Quinn had tapped Young to help resurrect the image of the board, which was caught up in the scandal that helped bring down former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Quinn said he will appoint someone new, but suggested he could wait a few days in the event Young decides to rearrange his financial affairs with his former partners.

"Otherwise, we'll have to move on and find a person of integrity, competence, wisdom to handle a very important assignment," Quinn said.

Young did not immediately return a call for comment Tuesday.

-ASSOCIATED PRESS

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