IL kicks off annual Barack Obama Day, Aug. 4

Former President Barack Obama

Former President Barack Obama

Even though Obama Day is a state holiday in IL, a spokesperson for Obama confirmed that he would not be celebrating his birthday in the state. 31 percent say Barack Obama was the best president of their lifetime: Survey Barack Obama Day is a commemorative day, not a legal state holiday.

Musician John Legend sent well wishes from Indonesia.

U.S. President Barack Obama walks to Marine One on the south lawn of the White House October 19, 2014, Washington, D.C. Obama is traveling to Upper Marlboro, Maryland, to campaign at a rally for Maryland Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown.

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.

Gov. Bruce Rauner, who signed the bill into law, talked to The Hill about the importance of honoring the former president.

"It's incredibly proud for IL that the president came from IL". "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".

Former Vice President Joe Biden gave a birthday shoutout to his "brother", and included a picture of the two at lunch last week. The photo was taken last week when the pair stopped to have lunch at a Georgetown bakery. Saturday was Obama's 57th birthday.

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