SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Barack Obama’s name is revered in his home state. But the Illinois House has rejected making his birthday a state holiday.
Legislation to make the 44th president’s Aug. 4th birthday a state holiday fell six votes short Tuesday. Chicago Democratic Rep. Sonya Harper says it would honor a man who adopted Chicago as his home and served in the Illinois State Senate.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rounding Out The Warmest Weekend Of The Winter
But Rep. Steven Andersson of Geneva suggested it be honorary. The Republican floor leader says even Obama wouldn’t want the cash-strapped state to give state workers another paid day off.
He noted that Tampico native and 40th president Ronald Reagan’s Feb. 6th birthday isn’t a holiday.READ MORE: MISSING: Khoshaba Dikyanos, 84, Last Seen In Lincoln Square
The vote was 54-57. Harper used a procedure allowing another vote later.
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