Former President Barack Obama turned 57 on Saturday - and for the first time, his birthday is being celebrated as a commemorative holiday in his former home of IL.
4 as "Barack Obama Day" throughout the state was enacted without making the date a full-scale holiday.
A proposal for the state holiday was rejected past year by IL lawmakers, according to NBC Chicago.
The law hailed Obama's efforts to protect the rights of Americans and build "bridges across communities".
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The commemorative holiday was designated previous year when the state's government unanimously made a decision to honor the 44th president.
"I don't think it should be a formal holiday with paid, forced time off, but I think it should be a day of acknowledgment and celebration", Rauner added. Saturday was Obama's 57th birthday.