This Week’s Biggest Gainers
1 Frank Thomas
The longtime Sox great announced his retirement, and the team announced it will officially retire his number 35 come August.
2 Derrick Rose
The Bulls star guard performed well in the NBA All-Star game and was named as a finalist for the country’s 2012 Olympic basketball team.
3 Betty Loren-Maltese
The former Cicero town president was released from prison to a halfway house.
4 Scottie Pippen
The Bulls great was named as a finalist for this year’s inductions into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Local culture blogs celebrated when the defunct beloved Champaign nineties space-rock band announced it will play Millennium Park on Memorial Day.
This Week’s Biggest Losers
1 Cardinal Francis George
Took criticism after he made negative comments about New Ways Ministry, which teaches acceptance of homosexuality.
2 Emmanuel Perez-Gomez
The North Side man was charged with attempted murder after he opened fire on an SUV and was shot by an off-duty Chicago policeman.
3 Garry Podlasek
The Chicago Fire Department lieutenant was charged with a DUI after allegedly driving his car onto a residential lawn and, ironically, plowing over a fire hydrant.
4 Maria Pinto
Despite being a favorite of Michelle Obama, designer Maria Pinto announced her West Loop store and business were closing up shop.
5 Barack Obama
A company in Wisconsin rented out a billboard that requests the president’s impeachment. Really, Wisconsin?