On Tuesday, the Illinois State Legislature considered recognizing the birthday of former president Barack Obama as a state holiday.
The measure failed to get enough votes.
Per Free Beacon:
Although Obama received a warm reception from his former colleagues last year when he delivered a speech on the Illinois House floor, lawmakers voted against designating his birthday as a state holiday, the Chicago Tribunereported.
Under a new proposal, state facilities and schools would close each year on Aug. 4, Obama’s birthday. But opponents said while it might be good to recognize the former president and ex-state lawmaker, people shouldn’t get the day off work. The House measure received 54 votes, six votes short of what it needed to be approved and sent to Obama’s old stomping grounds in the Illinois Senate.
Republicans within the legislature highlighted a few concerns:
Republicans opposed the bill over concerns for the economic impact of closing state buildings, and the “inconsistent ways” that former presidents are recognized in the state. They cited Ronald Reagan as an example, saying the Tampico-born president doesn’t have a holiday honoring him.