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Illinois governor signs law to honor Barack Obama's birthday

Posted August 6

President Barack Obama campaigned for Hillary Clinton at a Nov. 4, 2016, rally at Fayetteville State University. (Photo by Suzie Wolf)

— The home state of former President Barack Obama will commemorate his birthday under a new law.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a plan honoring the 44th president's birthday on Aug. 4. It won't be an official state holiday, rather a day to honor 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 U.S. 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.

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  • Wayne Hill Aug 7, 10:15 a.m.
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    This comes under the heading, of let's right the ship of Illinois, by rearranging the deck chairs on the sinking ship. Constant violence in Chicago and the whole state is on the verge of bankruptcy. Let's have a state holiday, why Illinois "burns." "We will follow up that stupendous logic by electing more Democrats." I despise Republicans, but Democrats are just plain dangerous in their lack of mental capacity.