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Chicago Hype Exchange: Charting the capricious contours of celebrity

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This week’s biggest gainers:

1
Jody Weis
Beleaguered police supe got a last laugh when his controversial gang powwow resulted in a forty percent drop in violent crime in targeted areas.

2
Richard Daley
The retiring mayor stands to command $50K per speech. Maybe he gets a bonus for doing so without fracturing his syntax.

3
Riccardo Muti
Busy week for the Maestro: a pacemaker installed, a Grammy won and back to work at the CSO.

4
Buddy Guy
Blues legend and club owner scored another Grammy Award, enough for a six-pack.

5
Mavis Staples
Apparently it took Jeff Tweedy at the controls, for the legendary Chicago singer picked up her very first Grammy for the album he produced.

This week’s biggest losers:

1
Carol Moseley Braun
She did not compare the Jewish Rahm Emanuel to Hitler, she compared him to a fictional character who loves Hitler. And she definitely did not call him a Hitler-loving crackhead.

2
Andrew Mason
Groupon CEO finally apologized and pulled his taste-challenged TV commercials, while an onslaught of bad PR rained down from all directions. Is that six billion still sitting around, Eric Schmidt?

3
Dawn Hamill
Apparently animal sanctuary and pet cemetery are not the same thing.

4
Ed Burke
City Council powerhouse turned into the whipping boy for mayoral candidates during the debate. It was enough to turn his hair gray. Oh wait.

5
Marty Turco
Hawks goalie blew a three-goal lead and a shootout in his much hyped return to his former Dallas home.

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