Whitaker was a speaker at Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ during a Sept. 17, 2006 “Health Care Justice Forum,” according to a church bulletin TheDC obtained. The bulletin is no longer on the church’s website…

When Whitaker spoke at Wright’s church in 2006, he was doing so in his capacity as Illinois’ top public health official. The event was called “Health Care Justice: God’s Requirement.” (RELATED: Longtime Obama pal Whitaker keeps popping up)

Shortly after that speech, longtime Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett recruited Whitaker to be executive vice president of the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she was the board chairwoman. Michelle Obama also held a leadership post at there, and helped create the Center’s Urban Health Initiative. According to The Washington Post, David Axelrod, another Obama confidante, worked with the center as well.