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Capitol Report: ‘Barack Obama Day’ is Illinois’ newest holiday

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Former President Barack Obama now has an Illinois holiday in his honor — but state employees still have to go to work.

Former President Barack Obama now has a day commemorating his birth, but residents of the state where he began his political career shouldn’t expect time off: Aug. 4 won’t be a full-scale legal holiday.

Illinois will honor the 44th president on his birthday, after Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, signed the commemorative day into law on Friday. It goes into effect in 2018.

The Illinois House rejected a plan to make Obama’s birthday a state holiday amid concerns about giving state employees another paid day off, the Associated Press said.

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