|IllinoisIsBroke.com truck in 2009|
And three members of the state General Assembly want to add one more day to that list, Barack Obama's birthday.
As for myself, a private-sector worker, the only paid holidays I receive are New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Illinois is broke and the state's reform governor, Republican Bruce Rauner, is negotiating a new contract with the AFSCME union for state workers. If the Land of Lincoln is going to dig itself out of its self-induced mess, state workers are going to have to concede many items and work a little bit harder.
Here's my idea: State offices should only be closed on federal holidays. Even then, it won't kill them if they work on Columbus Day or Veterans Day too.
It's roll-up-our-sleeves time.