SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Juneteenth, a celebration of the end of slavery in the United States, is now a state holiday.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 1965 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Wednesday. Beginning next year, June 19, or the following Monday if it falls on a weekend, will be a state holiday.
The city of Springfield approved a city-level ordinance Tuesday. The U.S. House is expected to follow the U.S. Senate’s in making the day a federal holiday.