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Chicago Hype Exchange: Charting the Capricious Contours of Celebrity

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 This week’s biggest gainers:

Saul Bellow
The Pulitzer Prize-, Nobel Prize- and National Medal of Arts-winning author attained in death what he probably always wished for in life: Gazillions of his books in the Chicago Public Library. “The Adventures of Augie March” is the latest “One Book, One Chicago.”

Rahm Emanuel
The passing of the mayor’s first hundred days might not have been worthy of an FDR comparison, but given Chicago’s record, they weren’t too shabby either.

Jason Durbin
The “Chicago Hometown Hero” firefighter-paramedic got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to aurally assault every single Chicago resident during a prize trip in an F-16 during the Air and Water Show.

Jeff Mauro
The “Sandwich King” of Chicago was crowned the Food Network Star. Bam! He’s famous!

Edward “Teddy” Kim
Less is more in Chicago. The Korean-American chef’s new restaurant, Ruxbin, made Bon Appetit’s list of the country’s top-ten new eateries, and he did it with only thirty-two seats in his dining room.


This week’s biggest losers:

Jim Hendry
After a listless season with the Cubs, the now-former GM is going… going… gone!

R. Kelly
The Lakeview house where the singer recorded an infamous moment in R & B history was sold below its asking price, bringing up images best left trapped in the closet.

Randy Hultgren
The venerable Republican stated his firm opposition to taxes on the rich. His plan? Kindly ask them for donations.

Devin Hester
It’s bad enough the NFL undercut him with a new kickoff placement, but now the NCAA is bearing down on him with the U of Miami scandal.

Marcos Hernandez
The veteran Chicago cop pled guilty to taking bribes from tow truck operators in return for tips to traffic crashes. Now he’s heading for the Big Impound.

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