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Chicago Hype Exchange: Charting the Capricious Contours of Celebrity

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This Week’s Biggest Gainers:

Derrick Rose
Scored a career-high 42 in leading his team to victory over NBA-leading San Antonio Spurs and became the first Bull to start in the All-Star Game since a certain No. 23.

Gery Chico, Miguel del Valle, Carol Moseley Braun
On the eve of the mayoral election, two, maybe three of you are getting more attention than you will again for a long time.

Ryan Chiaverini and Valerie Warner
You two got Oprah’s time slot? Good luck with that.

Grant Achatz
Alinea’s wonder-chef was feted in papers near and far as his plans to open a second restaurant, Next, neared fruition.

Father Tom Kaminski
The late priest was praised by President Obama as “a voice for justice and dignity” upon his passing. No mention of Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

This Week’s Biggest Losers:

Rahm Emanuel
As the election neared, the leading candidate was gang-pummeled by the other candidates in a team effort to ensure a runoff.

Dr. Nancy Jones
Cook County Medical Examiner was called out by Sheriff Tom Dart for her department’s throwing twenty-six fetuses and stillborn babies into a single pauper’s coffin.

Stephen Peterson
A chip off the old block? Drew Peterson’s son was fired by the Oak Brook Police Department.

Bryan Kjellman, Richard Data and Edmund Grzeszkiewicz
These three knuckleheads were charged with vandalizing Toyota vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show in a gambit to stop jobs from going overseas. Pretty effective, we bet.

Dave Duerson
Former All-Pro Bears safety from the ’85 era took his own life.

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