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Chicago Hype Exchange: Charting the capricious contours of celebrity

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This week’s biggest gainers:

Barack Obama
Welcome home, “monster of the Midway.”

Che “Rhymefest” Smith
Everyone’s buzzing about the aldermanic candidate like he could make Jesus walk or something.

Declan Sullivan
The nation mourned the student sacrificed at the windy altar of Touchdown Jesus.

Luol Deng
You put away that 40 like it was nothing.

Angie McMahon
Brought “Sanity” to Grant Park, though she wasn’t laughing all the way.

This week’s biggest losers:

William “Billy’’ P. Curl
If you did, in fact, do what you are accused of doing to NIU’s Toni Keller, we might just want to reinstate burning at the stake. Just this once.

Tom Dart
A local favorite decided he’d rather play sheriff than dodge, um, darts in the mayoral race.

Sam Zell
Creditors’ lawsuit dubbing Trib deal among worst in history takes the glow off your once formidable rep, eh?

Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson
According to the ratings, it’s apparently not 1976 any more.

Shawn McClain
Onetime culinary boy wonder losing some Spring in his step come New Year’s.

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