- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A group of Illinois House Democrats are proposing President Barack Obama’s birthday become the next state holiday.

The State (Springfield) Journal-Register (bit.ly/1OeeX74) reports Presidents Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Harry S. Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson are the only former presidents that have their own state holidays.

The proposal says Aug. 4 would be considered a “legal holiday” in which state government offices, schools and businesses can close.

Bill sponsor Rep. Andre Thapedi says President Obama’s distinctions as a Nobel Peace Prize winner and first black president of the United States are reasons to honor him.

Obama served eight years as a state senator and four years as a U.S. senator.

Illinois recognizes 13 state and federal holidays. If successful, the plan would be the first bill to establish a state holiday since 1977.


HB 4654: bit.ly/1oGSNWb

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide