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Chicago Hype Exchange: Charting the Capricious Contours of Celebrity

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This week’s biggest gainers:

1
Patrick Quinn
The governor signed landmark legislation to repeal the death penalty. And somehow Rod Blagojevich did not try to take credit.

2
Michael and Scottie
The Bulls celebrated the twentieth birthday of the wonder years, i.e. the first NBA title in 1991. Not that we’re fawning, or anything.

3
Charles Ramsey
Rahm says he likes you, Mr. Philly police chief. Not saying ya got the job, or anything. We gotta pretend to follow the rules, after all.

4
Eddie and JoBo
Ed Volkman and Joe Bohannon don’t know Jack. No one else will either, as they join the once no-host radio station.

5
Rafer Weigel
The late Tim Weigel’s son signed on at Channel 7 News. No word on his plans to go blond.

This week’s biggest losers:

1
Rod Blagojevich
Apparently starving for a headline, the convicted ex-guv asked the court to skip another trial and sentence him now. Or he’ll cry, he’ll really really cry.

2
Jon Burge
The ex-police commander heads to prison on Wednesday. Apparently, fellow jailbirds are whistling enthusiastically at the prospect of remaking his, um, acquaintance.

3
Harry Teinowitz
Whoever this guy is, folks are sure making a ruckus over his recent DUI arrest. Marijuana residue on his shirt? What is that?

4
Gery Chico & Carol Moseley Braun
Lose the election, figure you can at least duck back into anonymity for a minute, right? Nah, the New York Times wants to expose your legal fundraising as, well, not to their liking.

5
Jeff Bezos
Amazon.com to Illinois: Drop Dead!

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