The Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus honors the men and women
who have made this state, and nation, great.
Labor Day is a holiday to thank and recognize workers who - until the holiday was formalized through the efforts of labor unions - did not get many days off work. The Central Labor Union of New York City celebrated the first Labor Day on September 5, 1882, and the initial proposal to make the occasion a national holiday suggested parades to show "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" to the public.
We hope you can enjoy a day off from your labors on Monday. Take a moment to be grateful for those who built, drove, delivered, taught and cared for our thriving state over its nearly 200 years.