2000 Dodge Stratus

Steering problem
2000 Dodge Stratus 4 cyl Automatic 69000 miles

I bought this car about 6 months ago. Soon after buying it I noticed when I put my key in to turn car on it doesnt turn. I used to just fiddle with it a couple of times and it would work. This morning I went to go to work and it wouldnt turn at all. Took the top cover over the steering column off but cant get the ignition switch out. Anyone know how to get it to release? I know the key has to be in the run position but it still wouldnt release.
May 11, 2009.

It sounds like the tumbler has gone bad. You will need to remove the steering wheel to access it. If you have no experience with air bags, I recommend having a trained mechanic remove the steering wheel so the air bag doesn't by accident get deployed.