COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV) -- Collinsville City Hall is recognizing the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday for the first time since it became a federal law in 1983.
City manager Scott Williams told News 4 that he has only been city manager for one year and does not know why the holiday had not been recognized in the past. Williams said it is time for Collinsville to recognize Dr. King’s legacy as everyone else does.
Even though Collinsville City Hall will be closed, city employees will have to report to work. William said most employees are covered by collective bargaining agreements and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is not one that is recognized by the contracts as a holiday.
Williams said the city hopes to add in the King holiday as one of the recognized holidays in the contract as those contracts are renegotiated over the next several years.