SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — State lawmakers passed a bill to make Juneteenth an official state holiday.
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A bill to make June 19 a holiday passed the Illinois House and Senate and now heads to Gov. JB Pritzker’s desk.MORE NEWS: Some Residents Say A Bears Move To Arlington Heights Would Benefit Community, Others Say It Would Bring Unwelcome Traffic And Crowds
Should he sign it, it would take effect immediately.