Today’s is the national holiday observing George Washington's birthday, but it's more commonly known as President’s Day.  Most of Illinois state government had Friday off as well to honor Lincoln’s birthday.  All together there are 12 state government paid holidays. How does that compare to the federal government and to the private sector?

For state government, there’s New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday or Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The Federal Government has 10 paid holidays and mostly mirror Illinois’ with the exception of Lincoln’s Birthday and Election Day.

When the Illinois Chamber of Commerce surveyed 500 private sector employers recently they found an average of 8.8 paid holidays for 2016. Topping the most common were New Year’s Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Christmas. Other lower tier private sector paid holidays include Good Friday, New Year’s Eve, and Martin Luther King Day. Some private employers also gave the employee their birthday, but only 2.6 percent.

Meanwhile Democratic Representative Andre Thapedi has a bill that would honor President Barack Obama’s August 4th birthday as a state holiday, but that bill is in the House Rules Committee.

Since today is a federal holiday, local, state and federal government offices and courts are closed today.  Banks and credit unions are also closed as are most schools.  There is not mail delivery today and post offices are also closed.


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