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Daley nominates attorney for top education post
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Published: 1/29/2010 12:01 AM

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Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has nominated the city's former buildings commissioner, Mary Richardson-Lowry to be the new president of the Chicago Board of Education.

Richardson-Lowry is also a former assistant corporation counsel for the city, and currently works for a major law firm.

In suggesting Richardson Lowry for the post Thursday, Daley called the appointment "bittersweet" because she will replace Michael Scott, a close friend of his who committed suicide in November.

Scott had been the subject of an internal investigation into spending at the school board that included his use of his taxpayer-paid credit card for thousands of dollars in meals, travel and other expenses.

He died Nov. 16 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.