Former President Barack Obama got a special treat for his birthday this year – his very own holiday.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed a plan honouring the 44th President’s birthday on 4 August. It won’t be an official state holiday, rather a day to honour Obama. The law notes Obama’s efforts to protect Americans’ rights and build “bridges across communities.”
Obama began his political career in the Illinois Senate in 1997. He served there until his election to the US Senate in 2004.
The measure takes effect next year. It received overwhelming support in the Democrat-led Legislature. The Republican governor signed it Friday.
The proposal came after the Illinois House narrowly rejected a plan to make Obama’s birthday a state holiday amid concerns of giving state employees in cash-strapped Illinois another paid day off.
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) August 4, 2017