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‘Obama Day’ – Illinois legislators propose state holiday

By Wires

Several Illinois lawmakers are calling for former President Barack Obama’s birthday to become a state holiday. The Chicago Tribune reports that, if the law is passed, August 4th would become the state’s 13th official day off.

The legislation was proposed by Democratic state Representatives Andre Thapedi and Sonya Harper. Thapedi tells the newspaper that California instituted a similar state holiday for Reagan while he was still alive. But, that holiday did not call for a state shutdown. He notes that the state shut down and bank holiday are, “important to me and to my constituents.”

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office tells the Chicago Tribune that they are reviewing the “Obama Day Bill.”



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