The Illinois Senate is this week expected to consider a bipartisan compromise meant to break the 18-month budget stalemate.
The framework shows there are many areas in which Democrats and Republicans can come to an agreement. But it still leaves one big philosophical question unanswered.
That question is whether a governor can say: "Pass my agenda, and only then will I negotiate on a budget."
Democrats, like state Sen. Kwame Raoul of Chicago, have resisted that ultimatum.