This Week’s Biggest Gainers
1 Gordon Beckham
The young Sox infielder has been on fire during spring training, batting well over .300 and prompting several sportswriters to speculate on his making the big-league team this season.2 Barack Obama
The president received support when he announced plans to attempt to block the bonuses insurance giant AIG planned to award its executives with the money it’s received from the government to stay afloat.
3 Paul Sereno
It was reported that the University of Chicago paleontologist led a team of scientists who discovered several complete dinosaur skeletons in Mongolia.
4 Jonathan Brandmeier
The talk-radio host signed a one-year deal to stay with WLUP-FM 97.9.
5 Carlos Zambrano
The Cubs ace was named the team’s opening-day starter. Duh.
This Week’s Biggest Losers
1 Governor Pat Quinn
The new governor took heat when he confirmed to the Trib his plan to raise income tax in the state.
2 Anthony “Twan” Doyle
The former Chicago policeman who was involved in the “Family Secrets” case was sentenced to twelve years in the slammer.
3 Crystal McCahill
The Sun-Times reported that the Chicago woman-set to be Playboy’s Miss May of 2009-is facing a DUI charge following a January arrest.
4 Northwestern University
The school’s basketball team ended its bid for its first-ever NCAA tournament birth with a loss to Minnesota.
5 All Chicagoans Rooted in Tradition
We suffered a blow when it was announced that the Sears Tower will be renamed Willis Tower.