Quinn sworn in as Illinois governor amid budget crisis - KMOV.com

Quinn sworn in as Illinois governor amid budget crisis

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Democrat Pat Quinn is calling for unity and pledging to work with all in state government, including his former political opponents.

Quinn was sworn in to office today as the state's 41st governor.

Click the video player above to see News 4's Laurie Waters' coverage of the inauguration.

In his inaugural address, he said unity is key to addressing challenges ahead.

Quinn starts his first full term amid an immense budget crisis. The state budget deficit could hit $15 billion. Quinn and other Democratic leaders are trying to pass a major income tax increase.

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.

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