Despite the fact that Barack Obama is beloved by many in his home state of Illinois, there will be no state-sanctioned holiday celebrating his Aug. 4 birthday.
However, the vote taken on this matter in the Illinois House of Representatives was close, according to a report on Thursday in the Washington Examiner.
Chicago Democratic representative Sonya Harper claimed that making the former president’s birthday a state holiday would “honor the man who adopted Chicago as his home and served in the Illinois state Senate,” but the vote fell short at 54-57.
Representative Steven Andersson of Geneva suggested the holiday be honorary, noting that “even Obama wouldn’t want the cash-strapped state to give state workers another paid day off.”
After all, even President Ronald Reagan’s Feb. 6 birthday is not a holiday, despite the fact that he hails from the Illinois town of Tampico.
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