SB1028 Enrolled                      LRB093 10761 BDD 11159 b

 1        AN ACT concerning commemorative dates.

 2        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section  5.  The State Commemorative Dates Act is amended
 5    by adding Section 63 as follows:

 6        (5 ILCS 490/63 new)
 7        Sec. 63.  Juneteenth  National  Freedom  Day.  The  third
 8    Saturday  in  June  of  each year is designated as Juneteenth
 9    National Freedom Day to commemorate the abolition of  slavery
10    throughout  the  United  States  and its territories in 1865.
11    Juneteenth National Freedom Day may be observed with suitable
12    observances and exercises by civic groups and the public, and
13    citizens of the State are urged to reflect on  the  suffering
14    endured  by  early  African-Americans  and  to  celebrate the
15    unique freedom and equality enjoyed  by  all  State  citizens
16    today.