From the state that gave us multiple indicted governors, a financially defunct city (Detroit), the highest annual metro murder rate (Chicago), and a nearly bankrupt state government, now comes the most not-serious holiday declaration ever to be produced by a legislature.
Last week the Republican governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, signed a bill forced on him by the Illinois Democrat legislature making former President Barack H. Obama’s birthday an official state holiday.
But since government workers in the state of Illinois don’t do much work anyway, it’s not such a big deal to give them one more day off.
Here’s more from Washington Times…
President Obama’s birthday is now a state holiday in Illinois.
Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, signed a bill into law on Friday designating Aug. 4 as officially “Barack Obama Day.”
The new state holiday will be celebrated each year on Obama’s birthday, beginning in 2018.
The bill stated that the holiday will be observed throughout the state in honor of the 44th president of the United States, “who began his career serving the People of Illinois in both the Illinois State Senate and the United States Senate, and dedicated his life to protecting the rights of Americans and building bridges across communities.”
Several lawmakers in both chambers of the state legislature abstained from voting for the bill, but it passed without a single “no” vote.