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09/20/2011 09:14 am ET | Updated Nov 20, 2011

Not-For-Profit Group Used State Funds To Buy Decked-Out Hummer

With its custom red paint job, on-board TV, public-address system, game consoles and sparkling chrome tire rims, the 2003 Hummer was no ordinary vehicle.

The $45,196 SUV was designed to deliver an eye-catching, AIDS-awareness message to people in poor African-American neighborhoods on behalf of the Illinois Department of Public Health, then headed by Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, one of President Barack Obama's closest friends.

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