|Barack Obama photographed for Rolling Stone magazine in 2012 just before|
beginning his second term as president of the USA. (© Mark Seliger)
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.”
Illinois Senate Bill 55 was passed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) on August 4, 2017.
"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. "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."
Barack Obama Day is not a paid hoilday so government employees continue to work. It is a commemorative holiday.
President Barack Obama 2009-2017 (born in Honolulu, Hawaii) is one of four presidents tied to Illinois, the other three being Abraham Lincoln 1861-1865 (born near Hodgenville, Kentucky), Ulysses S. Grant 1869-1877 (born in Point Pleasant, Ohio) and Ronald Reagan 1981-1989 (born in Tampico, Illinois).
|The first family poses for a portrait with Bo and Sunny in the|
Rose Garden of the White House on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.
|President Obama throws out the first pitch at the 2009 All Star Game in St. Louis, MO.|
|President Obama speaks at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.|
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.