There are those who believe strongly that one side or the other is "winning" our latest and perhaps greatest Illinois Statehouse impasse.
I think it's too early to judge, and frankly I think everyone is going to end up losing here anyway.
As you know, the governor has refused to negotiate a budget until the Democrats accede to his demands to essentially neuter the power of labor unions. The Democrats won't ever sign on to his more radical proposals, including forbidding school teachers from negotiating their own salaries.
Many who think Governor Bruce Rauner is winning point to the fact that about 80 percent of the General Revenue Fund's budget is being spent under court order or signed legislation.
State-employee wages and pensions, Medicaid-reliant hospitals in Cook County, part of the state child-care program, debt service, transfers to local governments, and human-service programs tied to federal consent decrees are all being funded. In addition, Rauner signed the K-12 budget, so schools are being paid on time.
In addition, the House is expected as I write this to pass legislation appropriating about $5 billion in federal pass-through money.
So Rauner has managed to avoid wearing the jacket for any devastating consequences of a state shutdown because there hasn't really been a shutdown.
But there are plenty of crises to come.