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Chicago Hype Exchange: Charting the capricious contours of celebrity

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This week’s biggest gainers:

1
Rahm Emanuel
The honeymoon starts… now. And now—it’s over. Hellooo Mayor Rahmbo.

2
Dan Sinker
The media went agog when Twitter’s Chaucer of the F word, @MayorEmanuel, came out of the crawlspace and revealed himself to be the former Punk Planeteer.

3
Joakim Noah
The Big Bull is back. And we’re not talking about Benny.

4
Lovie Smith
The Bears’ winning coach inked a two-year contract extension and, allegedly, cracked a smile.

5
Joel Quenneville
Hawks coach finally got his champs back into playoff contention with a five-game win streak. Nothing like an ulcer and a hospital to motivate the guys.

This week’s biggest losers:

1
Carol Moseley Braun
Former United States senator, the only woman and the anointed African-American entry among the top four mayoral candidates finished fourth. She beat the woman she called a crackhead, at least.

2
Jody Weis
Scapegoated police superintendent fell on his sword, shortly after notching Chicago’s lowest murder rate in more than a generation.

3
Judy Erwin
Stepped down from the Emanuel transition team after one day in one of the fastest-developing ethics flaps in Chicago political history.

4
Dave Duerson
The deceased Bear was in the headlines for a second week, notching far more press as a suicide than he ever got as a player.

5
Augustin Toscano and Raul Segura-Rodriguez
Double murder suspects were revealed to be black-magicking death worshippers. Or does that make them sound cool?

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