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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The state of Illinois will be getting another holiday on its calendar: a day to honor former President Barack Obama’s birthday.

The bill which names Aug. 4 an honorary holiday passed 87-0 Friday in the state House. The state Senate passed the law in March. It is on the way to the Republican governor for him to sign, The Associated Press reported.

Do You Think Barack Obama’s Birthday Should Become a National Holiday?

Obama started his public career in the Illinois Senate in 1997. He served in the U.S. Senate in 2004 before running and eventually winning the presidency.

The House originally rejected the move to make his birthday a state holiday in March, citing concerns over giving state workers another paid day off, the AP reported.

Former President Obama is being honored with a new state holiday in his former state of Illinois.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed a measure Friday to make Aug. 4 “Barack Obama Day” in the state, according to NBC Chicago. The holiday will be celebrated each year on Obama’s birthday beginning in 2018.

The day is “set apart to honor the 44th President of the United States of America who began his career serving the People of Illinois in both the Illinois State Senate and the United States Senate, and dedicated his life to protecting the rights of Americans and building bridges across communities.”

Senate Bill 55 was passed by both state houses with no votes against it.

Rauner praised the idea behind the bill earlier this year after a previous version, which would have made the day a legal state holiday, failed. The new holiday is commemorative.

“It’s incredibly proud for Illinois that the president came from Illinois. I think it’s awesome, and I think we should celebrate it,” Rauner said at the time, according to NBC Chicago. “I don’t think it should be a formal holiday with paid, forced time off, but I think it should be a day of acknowledgment and celebration.”

 

9 Comments

  1. Harriet Turner

    September 19, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    ABSOLUTELY NOT!
    How about his last day in office!

  2. Harriet Turner

    September 19, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    ABSOLUTELY NOT!
    How about his LAST day as pres., in office.

  3. pat

    September 19, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Absolutely not.

  4. OMEGA 2

    September 19, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    ” BIG HELL NO “!

  5. CPH

    September 19, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    No Never. He was and is a disgusting racist.

  6. Bud Conner

    September 19, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Maybe his date of incarceration would be better.

    • Sally L Powers

      September 20, 2017 at 1:19 am

      Would be cause for celebration.

  7. jtas

    November 7, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    What did that asshole do that he should have a holiday named after him?

  8. Joan

    December 28, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    I do think that this is illegal since they combined Lincoln’s Birthday and Washington’s birthday to make Presidents day to honor ALL Presidents. Any lawyer in Illinois can challenge this and win.

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