Illinois House Rejects Making Obama’s Birthday A State Holiday
If it’s any consolation at all, we will forever celebrate the day he left office…
The Illinois legislature rejected a bill on Tuesday that would recognize former Illinois Senator and President Barack Obama’s birthday as a state holiday.
Although Obama received a warm reception from his former colleagues last year when he delivered a speech on the Illinois House floor, lawmakers voted against designating his birthday as a state holiday, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Under a new proposal, state facilities and schools would close each year on Aug. 4, Obama’s birthday. But opponents said while it might be good to recognize the former president and ex-state lawmaker, people shouldn’t get the day off work. The House measure received 54 votes, six votes short of what it needed to be approved and sent to Obama’s old stomping grounds in the Illinois Senate. More