'Obama Day' Passes State Legislature, But You Won't Get The Day Off

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Former President Barack Obama's birthday would become a commemorative holiday in IL under a proposal that state lawmakers voted to send to Gov.

The legislation says the day would be observed throughout the state "as a day 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".

Republicans had nice, if not exactly effusive, praise for Obama Day.

The Illinois General Assembly voted to make Obama's birthday an honorary day, but not a legal holiday.

There were several attempts to make Obama's birthday a state holiday - meaning government offices and banks would be closed - that were met with resistance over the costs, including from the governor's office. Rauner's office did not offer a comment when contacted Friday. "I think it's awesome, and I think we should celebrate it". Rep. Steve Andersson, R-Geneva told the Chicago Tribune, "He's the first African-American president".

The bill approved Friday is one of several efforts this session to honor the former president and his influence in IL. One proposal would label the stretch of Interstate 55 from the Tri-State Tollway to East St. Louis the "Barack Obama Presidential Expressway".

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