Everything appears to be in flux, but here's a look at some things that might happen as state government enters the legal and political limbo that comes with running the state with no spending plan.
Gov. Bruce Rauner says he can ease the pain of a state government shutdown by paying state employees for as long as takes to enact a state budget. House Speaker Madigan suddenly is the most media-friendly figure in Springfield. He's presenting himself as the genteel, moderate figure in the budget standoff.
Illinois' current budget fight is frustrating, but it's not the first time the state has found itself in a similar situation. Former Gov. Jim Edgar spoke to Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek about his own budget brawl in 1991.
A new law would make it illegal for Indianans to be Knob Heads in any way, shape or form. And it would also give individuals and businesses the right to refuse to serve anyone acting or indeed sounding like a total Knob Head.
To prove their dislike of the president, members of Congress were prepared to let Homeland Security employees be the ones to make sacrifices for their country so that members of Congress could make political points for themselves.
For the last three months, we've all been watching the Kabuki drama play out, but the ultimate outcome was never really much in doubt. Like a badly-written detective drama where the audience spots the killer in the opening act, almost everyone knew the Tea Partiers were going to lose this battle.
The Republican majority's Homeland Security shutdown is a staggering display of legislative incompetence, which could have concrete and severe impacts for New York City and its surrounding areas.
It is amusing for Democrats to watch the "Ted Cruz wing" of the GOP try to defend their big DHS bill, just as it will be amusing to watch them howl later this week when it gets split in two. All a Democrat will have to do to really rub it in will be to say, "But you've been saying all along that immigration reform can only be done one tiny step at a time!"
The GOP wasted no time in creating yet another self-induced government shutdown showdown. Not even two full months into their control of Congress, and they are pushing a critical federal department towards shutting down, all in an effort to make a political point.
A federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of President Obama's new immigration policy, which has thrown a curve ball into the Republican congressional strategy of having a big political battle over immigration next week.
Republicans and Democrats are playing politics with U.S. national security. Senate Democrats may be blocking debate right now, but it was the House Republican caucus that passed an appropriations bill for the Homeland Security Department knowing full well that Democrats would refuse to support it.
The emerging dynamic between John Boehner and Mitch McConnell is one to watch, because it is heading for a showdown in the next few weeks. Sooner or later, one of them is going to have to cave in to the hard, cold reality that Republicans just do not have the votes to impose their will on a Democratic president.
Republicans in Congress have, once again, successfully painted themselves into a corner. Even though they've done exactly this previously (in exactly the same way), they now have absolutely no idea how to get out of this dilemma (which they created for themselves).
The Best Idea for 2014 was requiring police to wear body cameras. This idea was so good it actually cut across the lines of the protestors and the supporters of police. Many on both sides of that divide support the idea, for what boils down to the same reason: the camera doesn't lie.
Loath as we are to admit it, there was no single Biggest Winner Of 2014, because the award must be handed, collectively, to the Republican Party. A case could be made for Mitch McConnell, since he will win the biggest prize of any Republican next year: control of the United States Senate.
Last week, a massive, steaming heap of a bill made up of what amounts to nearly a year's worth of legislation, along with other garbage in the form of riders that were too noxious to pass on their own, was jammed through Congress under the guise of keeping the government open.