Today your Illinois Review editor's Southtown Star column is about Barack Obama's use of "The Chicago Way" last week against the health insurance industry, and how he used "The Chicago Way" to punish Advocate Health Systems in 2004.
It was in the 1987 movie "The Untouchables" that we learned first about "The Chicago Way." Overall, the gist is that when someone's done something wrong, the victim retaliates with something slightly worse.
"The Chicago Way" seems to be the Obama administration's modus operandi.
The administration is teaching "The Chicago Way" to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Fox News and the health insurance industry. During presidential addresses, Obama drops hints of who's irritated him.
Obama's irritation with the health insurance industry was answered with federal "anti-trust" legislation focused on restricting health insurance companies -- "The Chicago Way." But that's not the first time he's used "The Chicago Way." He and Attorney General Lisa Madigan pressured Advocate Health Care Systems to succumb to SEIU demands using "The Chicago Way" in 2004.