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Chicago mayoral candidate Gery Chico and his wife, Sunny, arrive to thank supporters on Feb. 22, 2011, in Chicago after conceding victory to former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. (M. Spencer Green/Associated Press)

For a one-day conference hosted by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, the city paid nearly $90,000 to a Chicago consulting firm for, the Post’s Emma Brown reports, “a half-hour keynote speech, three 45-minute parent workshops and hundreds of copies of parenting books.” Must have been some speech! The firm, SPC Consulting, is run by Sunny Chico, wife of Chicago pol Gery Chico and an acquaintance of OSSE Chief of Staff and former Chicago Public Schools official Jose Alvarez — who says he suggested SPC to organizers in a last-minute scramble to put together the second annual D.C. Parent and Family Engagement Summit. The no-bid contract, Alvarez said, “wouldn’t happen under normal circumstances, and it’s not going to happen again.”

In other news:

Ginnie Cooper leaves the D.C. Public Library — in much better shape than she found it (Post)

Why was Harry Thomas Jr. in town last month? (WaTimes)

Stop No. 2 on the “convince Vince” tour was at Robert Brannum’s house in Bloomingdale (Loose Lips)

Peter Rosenstein, stalwart Gray backer, pegs re-election chances at “50/50″ (HuffPo)

With lawsuit in danger of being tossed, Paul Zukerberg declares he is a candidate for attorney general (Loose LipsWaTimesWashingtonianWAMU-FMDCist)

D.C. jail overdetention case is settled after eight years for $6.2 million (Legal Times)

J.C. Hayward was paid through Options PCS contractor, city alleges in court (Post)

Taxi drivers, with Teamster help, petition for redress of their grievances (WAMU-FMDCistWUSA-TV)

Problems with credit-card vendors are overstated, says taxi czar Ron Linton (Post letter)

HOPE VI after a decade: The mixed-income replacement for the Ellen Wilson Homes is working (Post)

Harriet Tregoning is a beekeeper (Washingtonian)

Metro riders aren’t very good about reporting abandoned bags (WRC-TV)

Is there any hope for consensus on Height Act changes? (Roll Call)

Tommy Wells has goo-goo amendments for campaign finance bill (Loose Lips)

Kenyan McDuffie proposes raising minimum age for tobacco purchases to 21 (WAMU-FM)

Zoning-rewrite opponents tout dance protest that may not have actually happened (Housing Complex)

Citing evidence lapses, Albrecht Muth asks to have his murder charges dismissed (WNEW-FM)

Metro markets key parcels near Brookland, Navy Yard and Fort Totten stations (Capital Business)

Did you know: Metrobuses carry half of all rush-hour travelers on lower 16th Street NW (GGW)

Good riddance to another downtown pedestrian arcade (WBJ)

“[T]he job of Howard University is to pave the way for its own obsolescence” (NYT column)

Georgetown University scraps plan to have some undergrads live in Virginia (The Hoya)

Whole lotta ado over funky Mount Pleasant parking sign (PoPvilleWRC-TVWJLA-TV)

Museum of Science Fiction wants to come to D.C. (Curbed)

Bobby Parker, supreme D.C. blues guitarist, is dead at 76 (Post)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.



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