Quinn sworn in as Illinois governor

January 10, 2011

By Associated Press

(AP/File)

Democrat Pat Quinn has been sworn in to a full term as governor of Illinois, two years after he got the job when his predecessor was kicked out of office.

Quinn was sworn in Monday in Springfield amid an immense budget crisis.

He was lieutenant governor until January 2009. That's when he took over from then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was removed from office by lawmakers after his arrest on federal corruption charges.

Quinn beat Republican state Sen. Bill Brady in the November election.

Illinois' 41st governor holds the reins while the state budget deficit could hit $15 billion. Quinn and other Democratic leaders are trying to pass a major income tax increase.