By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS) — Juneteenth is now an officially recognized holiday in Cook County.

The Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to make Juneteenth a paid holiday for 22,000 county workers starting next year.

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The June 19th holiday marks the emancipation of African Americans in slavery.

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The county ordinance comes in response to the civil unrest this summer.

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