Lawmakers expressed concern over other former presidents from IL, like Ronald Reagan, not having similar holidays. "We miss you, and know that we'll continue fighting everyday to preserve your legacy". "We should all take time today to remember the level of integrity and compassion #BarackObama governed this great country with!"
Musician John Legend sent well wishes from Indonesia.
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The bill establishing Obama's birthday as a state holiday unanimously passed the IL state legislature previous year, and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the measure into law on August 6, 2017.More news: Iran acquires commercial aircraft ahead of U.S. sanctions
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Months later, State Senator Emil Jones III introduced Illinois Senate Bill 55, which designated August 4 as Barack Obama Day but did not attempt to make it an official holiday.
In 2017, under the leadership of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, the state's legislature unanimously voted to pass the measure. He captioned the image, "Our lunches together were a highlight of every week at the White House".
Others who took to social media with special messages for the former United States president included his former VP Joe Biden, celebrities Justin Timberlake, John Legend among others. "Happy birthday to my brother, my friend, @BarackObama".