Illinois to Have Junteenth Holiday Starting Next Summer, Pritzker Says “Historic Step in Striving toward Equity and Justice”

From Gov. JB Pritzker comes news of a thirteenth state holiday on election years.

So, almost three weeks off with pay for state employees.

Gov. Pritzker Signs Legislation Making Juneteenth an Official State Holiday

Flags Will be Flown at Half-Staff in Recognition of Juneteenth

SPRINGFIELD — Today, Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation declaring June 19, Juneteenth, an official state holiday.

To commemorate the abolition of slavery throughout the United States and its territories in 1865, Juneteenth will be recognized as National Freedom Day in Illinois.

The state continues to build upon efforts to actively dismantle systemic racism through robust reforms in the areas of criminal justice, education, health care, and economic opportunity.

House Bill 3922 is another historic step in striving toward equity and justice across Illinois.

“Just as Illinois led the nation as the first state to ratify the Thirteenth Amendment, in 2021, we are leading the nation in tackling structural racism head on thanks to the guiding vision of Leader Lightford, Representative Ford, Speaker Welch and the entire Illinois Legislative Black Caucus,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “It brings me exceptional pride to sign into law the declaration of Juneteenth as a formal state holiday in Illinois, making us one of the few states in the nation to give it the full status it deserves.”

Illinois will recognize Juneteenth throughout the state, lowering all flags covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act to half-staff on Saturday, June 19. In addition, this year and henceforth, a Juneteenth flag will fly proudly over the State Capitol in Springfield.

“Making Juneteenth a state holiday is a breakthrough in Illinois history,” said Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood).“It reminds us that freedom and racial equality have always been a hard-fought battle for Black Americans and gives us an opportunity to celebrate our culture and achievements.”

“Today, we can all stand proud that Illinois will officially recognize America’s second independence day,” said House Speaker Emanuel “Chris”  Welch (D-Westchester). “As the first African-American Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, this moment will forever be a treasure in my heart, and I hope it will become a treasure for all Illinoisans. It’s a day of remembrance, but also a day of joy and perseverance.”

“On June 19, 2020 Governor JB Pritzker made a commitment that he would work with the General Assembly to pass a bill to commemorate Juneteenth as a state holidays and today it happen,” said Representative La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago). “Today is the first day for Illinois to officially recognize the pain of the black enslaved and a day to move forward with work to repair the harms for black people.”

All Illinoisans are urged to reflect on our collective history and the actions we can take to build a more fair and equitable society. To learn more about the historical impact of Juneteenth, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will display the Emancipation Proclamation through July 6. In addition, the Illinois State Museum will showcase art celebrating Black lives through their Noir Art Exhibition.

The legislation clarifies that Juneteenth will be a paid holiday for state workers and public education professionals when June 19 falls on a weekday. Given that June 19 falls on a Sunday in 2022, the first paid state holiday for Juneteenth will be in 2023.

HB  3922  is effective January 1, 2022.


Illinois to Have Junteenth Holiday Starting Next Summer, Pritzker Says “Historic Step in Striving toward Equity and Justice” — 32 Comments

  1. Lord Jumbo Boy just can’t help himself.

    it’s in his DNA to sellout.

    He just can’t worship the Blacks enough while they continue to murder and destroy
    the once great city of Chicago and it’s surrounding environs.

    He is delusional if he believes that this so called holiday will dissuade them from
    committing further murder and mayhem.

    Quite the opposite.

    It will only serve to embolden them
    with even greater lust for violence, even on the holiday which deifies them.

  2. Hard to believe wasting more $billions on another ridiculous holiday.

    Liberal Democrats @work

  3. Gee, nice job Illinois Democrats.

    It’s only been a paid State Holiday in Texas for forty years.

  4. Why would you lower the flags to half staff for this?

    That’s usually done to commemorate a mournful event.

    I thought Juneteenth was supposed to be a celebration.

  5. Billy Bob, they’ll be out rioting and looting.

    May as well lower the flag for the mourning business owners and others affected.

    Just saying

  6. +1 H.A., on the Jumbo H.D.boy LOL…

    Just another holiday for all the lazies to take off and get paid for… what a joke!

    no one works anymore sickening..

    cuzz they gets the free cheese checks…

    what a joke!

  7. Not only are they lowering flags, they are raising a new ‘juneteenth’ flag. the enemy is literally raising their flag over a conquered enemy.

  8. Toilet bowl, it is on a Saturday this year and probably should have been put off until another year when 99% of the population isn’t on a $1200.00 stimmy stay-cation with SNAP, crack-le and pop.

  9. The US Senate unanimously passed a Juneteenth holiday bill yesterday.

    Every Republican voted in favor.

  10. No, RINOs on parade. MLK Day displaced Washington and Lincoln.

    Now this “Juneteenth” junk.

    What’s next?

    George Floyd’s birthdate or death date?

    How about Al Sharpton Day of Wrath?

    Jesse Jackson Adultery Day?

    Colin Powell Lie to the UN about Sadam’s imaginary WMD Day?

  11. Your Republican legislators in both houses voted unanimously in favor.

    You goobers are way out of touch with reality.

  12. Tell me what I just said about black lives matter or anti- fascists.

  13. Straight out of the world’s worst boss playbook.

    If your boss is too cheap to give you a raise, he’ll try giving you a prestigious sounding title in lieu of the cash.

    That’s why every 25 year old in corporate America is a V.P. of a broom closet sized division.

    Same thing here.

    Instead of giving the Blacks reparations, they’re giving them a holiday.

    I wholeheartedly approve.

  14. Martin, you are definitely a little troll.

    Face facts: you are a total dweeb.

    At least your kind does not biologically reproduce.

  15. Matt Gaetz, Jim Jordan MTG and Lauren Boebert all voted in favor of this becoming a federal holiday. It’s not at all remotely controversial or partisan.

    The racists comments here in this corner of the Internet that Cal and John have carved out and call home are all too predictable.

    Wonderful community they fostered.

  16. Ah.

    The anonymous coward cannot answer an argument, so we get projection name/calling.

    Well done.


    Check the tables.

    They break a few questions about Juneteenth down by age, political party, and race.

    This article from USA Today has quotes from some of the Republicans who voted against it explaining why they voted no and has a list of the House members who voted no.

  18. Martin/BecauseScience, which troll are you going to be today ?

  19. More racist sh** from the trash of our community.

    Collection day is Friday in Lakewood, HonestAbe1 and Hixon, please go with it.

    I’ll put a half eaten turkey sandwich, a bud light with koozy, and a $100 bill in the bin as incentive for you to crawl in.

    I’m sure you can start a whole new life anywhere with those three things.

  20. Lakewood Resident, how was the Sodomy Parade?

    Did you get your knickers in a bunch?

  21. I love how obsessed CornPop is with Pride parades and LGBTQ folks.

    I also am very amused that somehow CornPop thinks attending a Pride parade is a criticism.

    Like, how, exactly, are pride celebrations related to this post?

  22. Alabama, haven’t you realized yet, with the gun totin, cross burning crowd on here, if your not a race hating bigot your gay.

    That’s all they got.

    Like third graders, they think that offends people.

  23. Loser Pokorny, are you one of Alabama’s 18 personalities.

    Ever read “Sybil”?

    When are you going to come out?

  24. Wait – I haveore personalities?! Why don’t I know about these.

    Once again, for the people in the back.

    I have one handle on this blog. Cal can confirm.

    I have zero reasons to have other blog personalities.

    The only person that I can confirm has used multiple identities on this blog is Allen Skillicorn.

    I have no idea of the rest of y’all are all one person or individuals.

    And honestly don’t care.

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