Illinois House Votes Against Making Obama Birthday A Holiday

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Illinois House Votes Against Making Obama Birthday A Holiday
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Illinois House Votes Against Making Obama Birthday A Holiday
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Barack Obama's name is revered in his home state. But the Illinois House has rejected making his birthday a state holiday.

Legislation to make the 44th president's August 4th birthday a state holiday fell six votes short yesterday.

Chicago Democratic Rep Sonya Harper says it would honour a man who adopted Chicago as his home and served in the Illinois State Senate.

But Rep Steven Andersson of Geneva suggested it be honorary. The Republican floor leader says even Obama wouldn't want the cash-strapped state to give state workers another paid day off.

He noted that Tampico (TAM'-pih-koh) native and 40th president Ronald Reagan's Feb. 6th birthday isn't a holiday.

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