by Sophia Tareen of the associatedPress
Illinois will commemorate the birthday of former President Barack Obama under a new law. The plan sets aside Aug. 4 to honor the 44th President, but it's not an official state holiday. The law highlights Obama's efforts to protect Americans' rights and build "bridges across communities."
Obama began his political career in the Illinois Senate in 1997. He served there until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004. The law came after law-makers narrowly rejected a plan to make Obama's birthday a state holiday amid concerns of giving state employees another paid day off.