Some Illinois Democrats are pushing to make former President Barack Obama’s birthday a state holiday, according to the Springfield Journal-Register.
Two bills in the Illinois House and one in the Senate would make Aug. 4, the 44th president’s birthday, an official state holiday.
The House bills would make it a “legal holiday,” in which state government offices would close, and schools and businesses would have the option of being closed.
A similar bill was considered last year. At the time, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration said the holiday would cost the state $3.2 million in salary.