Darren Hauck/Reuters Protesters at the state Capitol on Friday. View more photographs.
In Wisconsin, the weeklong showdown between the Republican governor and the public employee unions ended in a timeout. Democratic legislators had holed up over the border in Illinois, avoiding a vote in the Republican-dominated Wisconsin legislature on a bill pushed by Gov. Scott Walker to make public employees pay more toward their pension and health care benefits and to slash their collective bargaining power. On Friday, the unions, which staged huge protests for days, said they would agree to the benefit changes if they could retain their rights to negotiate wage contracts and work rules. The governor quickly refused to compromise.