SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says the state has had a tough go but he's had a steady hand.
Quinn stopped in Springfield on Thursday to announce he wants a full term as governor in 2010. He took over when Gov. Rod Blagojevich was impeached and ousted.
Quinn trumpeted victories on ethics but didn't mention his failed proposal to increase taxes in remarks to supporters. Afterward, he said he'll work on that in the spring but wants to make the Illinois economy grow to help solve the budget crisis.
Quinn faces Comptroller Dan Hynes and Oak Park lawyer Ed Scanlan in February's Democratic primary.
The former state treasurer and lieutenant governor started his announcement tour in Chicago and plans stops in several other Illinois cities.
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