SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — State lawmakers passed a bill to make Juneteenth an official state holiday.
June 19, also known as Emancipation Day, is the anniversary of when Black people in Texas learned they were freed by the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865.READ MORE: 8-Year-Old Boy Shot, Killed While Playing On Front Porch In Markham Vandal Caught On Camera Trashing Trader Todd's Bar In Lakeview, Leaving Racist And Threatening Graffiti
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: Students At Chicago Collegiate High School, Oak Lawn's Richards High School Each Facing Possible Charges After Bringing Loaded Guns To School
Should he sign it, it would take effect immediately.