This Week’s Biggest Gainers
1 Barack Obama
The president addressed Congress for the first time, making history. Again.
2 Rod Blagojevich
The infamous ex-governor landed a six-figure book deal to tell his side of the story.
3 Jonathan Toews
The Blackhawk notched his first career hat trick against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Too bad the team lost.
4 Paul Harvey, Norm Van Lier, Johnny “Red” Kerr
The three longtime Chicago celebrities passed away and received glowing tributes.
5 Senator Bill Brady
The Republican state senator from Bloomington announced his intentions to run for governor next year.
This Week’s Biggest Losers
1 Martin Ybarra
The Chicago man was charged with the gang-related shootings of three teenagers on the South Side last month.
2 Robert Branch
Described by police as a “one-man crime wave,” the 41-year-old was charged with attacking seven women over the last two months at parking garages in the Loop.
3 Rick Santelli
The CNBC reporter got defensive after his on-air rant in opposition to President Obama’s housing plan spawned accusations of being coordinated with right-wing political activists who responded by throwing “tea parties” across the country.
4 Chicago Tribune
Announced plans to shut down its Washington, D.C. bureau.
5 About Face Theatre
Due to the pressures in the current economy, the theater was forced to postpone its spring show.