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Mr. Brownback also acknowledged the difficulties facing the state. The budget shortfall is projected at $550 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Much of Mr. Brownback’s speech after his swearing-in touched on the state’s history as it approaches the 150th anniversary of its admission to the union on Jan. 29.

He and other statewide officials took their oaths of office in the Kansas House chamber after a winter storm forced his staff to move it from the south steps of the Statehouse.


Governor sworn in amid fiscal crisis

SPRINGFIELD | Democrat Pat Quinn has been sworn in to a full term as Illinois governor, two years after he got the job when his predecessor was kicked out of office and left behind an immense budget crisis.

Mr. Quinn began his inaugural address on Monday by calling for unity. He also offered promises to solve the state’s fiscal crisis, but no firm details of how it would be done.

Mr. Quinn takes the reins as the budget deficit could hit $15 billion. He and other Democratic leaders are trying to pass a major income-tax increase that would boost the 3 percent income tax rate to 5.25 percent for four years.

Mr. Quinn was lieutenant governor until January 2009, when he took over from then-Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, who was arrested on federal corruption charges and who was impeached and removed from office.