State Journal Register: “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 Aug. 4th birthday a state holiday fell six votes short Tuesday. Chicago Democratic Rep. Sonya Harper said it would honor a man who adopted Chicago as his home and served in the Illinois Senate.
But Rep. Steven Andersson of Geneva suggested it be honorary. The Republican floor leader said even Obama wouldn’t want the cash-strapped state to give state workers another paid day off.”
Pres Reagan’s (born in Tampico) birthday is not a holiday.