Dunkin Helps Bring Happy Hour Back to Illinois

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Rep. Ken Dunkin, D-Chicago, joined a bipartisan group of legislators to witness the governor’s signing into law a proposal Dunkin backed that will allow Illinois bars and restaurants to offer happy hour drink specials. Dunkin, who serves as chairman of the House Tourism and Conventions committee, believes happy hour specials will help make Illinois more attractive to tourists.

“Restaurants all over Illinois already offer excellent food and alluring dining environments,” Dunkin said. “Allowing happy hours will help attract vacationers, support local businesses and boost our state economy.”

Dunkin backed this legislation to return happy hours to Illinois after a multi-decade ban, with safety measures, including prohibiting drink specials that encourage excessive consumption and requiring all servers to participate in responsible alcohol service training. The new law is effective immediately.

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Photo Caption: Pictured from left to right: State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, state Rep. Ken Dunkin, Gov. Bruce Rauner, state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz and state Rep. Ron Sandack pose for a photo Wednesday as the governor signs legislation to re-instate happy hours in Illinois.