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Eric Whitaker

Eric Whitaker and Obama were Harvard grad students together and Whitaker has been a frequent companion along the campaign trail. As a state senator, Obama recommended him for a state job to Antoin "Tony" Rezko, convicted in June on federal corruption charges, and Whitaker became state public health director. These days, Whitaker is an executive at the University of Chicago Medical Center, as is Obama's wife. Tribune photo by Chuck Berman
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