Wednesday, January 3, 2018

President “Barack Obama Day” in Illinois which began on August 4, 2018.

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On August 4, 2018, Illinois celebrated the first former President "Barack Obama Day." The new State of Illinois holiday is on Obama's birthday (August 4, 1961).
Barack Obama photographed for Rolling Stone magazine in 2012 just before
beginning his second term as president of the USA. © Mark Seliger
The bill was introduced to the Senate floor by Senator Emil Jones III, and passed both houses of the Illinois General Assembly on May 19, 2017, with no votes against it, though several legislators abstained from the vote. It was handed to the governor for approval on June 16, 2017.

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 holiday so government employees continue to work. It is a commemorative holiday. 

Four U.S. Presidents with Connections to Illinois:
№ 16 - Abraham Lincoln 1861-1865 (born near Hodgenville, Kentucky) Land of Lincoln
№ 18 - Ulysses S. Grant 1869-1877 (born in Point Pleasant, Ohio) Galena, IL 1860-1868
№ 40 - Ronald Reagan 1981-1989 (born in Tampico, Illinois) Monmouth & Dixon, IL
№ 44 - Barack Obama 2009-2017 (born in Honolulu, Hawaii) IL Senator; US Senator-IL
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.
NOTE: Perry County, Alabama, declared the second Monday of November to be Barack Obama Day.

Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D. 

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