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STARTING IN 2018, PEOPLE IN ILLINOIS WILL BE CELEBRATING “BARACK OBAMA DAY” AS THE FORMER PRESIDENT GETS HIS OWN HOLIDAY

Former President Obama is being honored in a great way in his former state of Illinois…with a new state holiday!

 

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Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill on Friday to make August 4th “Barack Obama Day” in the state, according to NBC Chicago. The holiday will be celebrated each year on Obama’s birthday beginning in 2018. Senate Bill 55 was passed by both state houses with no votes against it.

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.”

 

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

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“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.”

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Former President Obama is being honored in a great way in his former state of Illinois…with a new state holiday!

 

 

Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill on Friday to make August 4th “Barack Obama Day” in the state, according to NBC Chicago. The holiday will be celebrated each year on Obama’s birthday beginning in 2018. Senate Bill 55 was passed by both state houses with no votes against it.

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.”

 

 

Rauner applauded the idea behind the bill earlier this year after a previous version, which would have made the day a legal state holiday had 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.”

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