Typically rank and file lawmakers are bystanders in the budget process.
Now it appears they are quietly in control as Governor Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Mike Madigan appear to be in an unannounced cease fire. Rauner continued to offer an optimistic tone on the budget front.
Rauner isn't offering a timetable for a possible budget deal. For the moment he says that's in the hands of lawmakers meeting in low profile discussions.
Rauner visited the Old State Capitol to spread the message of motorcycle safety.