A plan to make former President Obama’s Birthday an Illinois state holiday was shot down by the House of Representatives. Although Barrack Obama is a beloved figure in the state legislature where Democrats are by far the majority, the bill to make August 4 a state holiday garnered 54 votes, only six votes shy of passage.
Opponents of the bill cited economic concerns, saying while it could be good to recognize the former President, people shouldn’t get a day off work. Republicans also noted that not all Presidents are honored with a day in their name, including Tampico-born Republican Ronald Reagan.
The Heatst.com reports:
Republican opponents of the bill noted that other prominent politicians from Illinois, like Ronald Reagan, do not have their own holidays.
The governor’s budget office estimates that state holidays cost $3.2 million in personnel expenses and another $16 million in lost productivity.
Still, not all is lost for the former president. Chicago is slated to be the home for Obama’s library, and another bill would label part of Interstate 55 as the “Barack Obama Presidential Expressway.”