This Week’s Biggest Gainers
1 Barack Obama
The newly minted President of the United States received acclaim for his immediate action to close Gitmo and ban torture.
2 George Ryan
The imprisoned ex-governor was nominated (again) for the Nobel Peace Prize.
3 Tina Fey
More accolades for her work on “30 Rock,” this time from the Screen Actors Guild.
4 Michael Shannon
The longtime Chicagoan and thespian at A Red Orchid Theatre was nominated for an Oscar for his work in “Revolutionary Road.”
5 Rod Blagojevich
Was given the chance to plead his case on shows “Good Morning America” and “The View,” but…
This Week’s Biggest Losers
1 Rod Blagojevich
…completely flubbed it when he compared himself to Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.
2 Chicago Police Department
A 14-year-old kid reported for duty as a police officer at a South Side station and, before he was discovered, even answered some distress calls.
3 William Cozzi
The police officer pleaded guilty to charges that he excessively beat a wheelchair-bound man.
4 Jay Mariotti
“Roger Ebert can kiss my ass,” says Jay the Joke.
5 Kanye West
Had to publicly reject reports that he made statements indicating he’s willing to perform in bisexual porn scenes.