SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers from Chicago have proposed bills to make former President Barack Obama’s birthday a state holiday.
The three bills would all make Obama’s birthday, Aug. 4, an official holiday.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rounding Out The Warmest Weekend Of The Winter
Two House bills, proposed by Democratic Reps. Andre Thapedi and Sonya Harper would make Aug. 4 a “legal holiday,” in which state government offices shut down, and schools and businesses have the option of closing.READ MORE: MISSING: Khoshaba Dikyanos, 84, Last Seen In Lincoln Square
Under the Senate bill co-sponsored by Democratic Sen. Jacqueline Collins, “Barack Obama Day” would be commemorative only and not a holiday.
Thapedi tried making Obama’s birthday a state holiday last year, but the bill stalled in a House committee. Thapedi says this year’s legislation has a better chance of being passed into law now that Obama is no longer president.MORE NEWS: Chicago Speed Cameras To Start Issuing $35 Tickets To Drivers Going 6 MPH Over The Limit On Monday
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