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Newly-Signed Legislation Brings 'Happy Hour' Back to Illinois

The law takes effect immediately



    Celebrate This Holiday Season in Lively St. Charles
    Happy hour is returning to Illinois.

    Happy hour drink specials will make a comeback in Illinois under legislation signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

    The discounted drink specials have been banned in Illinois since the late 1980s over concerns about excessive drinking and impaired driving.

    The measure signed Wednesday allows drink specials up to four hours each day and up to 15 hours a week. But it doesn't allow volume specials like two drinks for the price of one and it prohibits deals after 10 p.m.

    Proponents say the change will produce more tax revenue for state and local governments through increased alcohol sales.

    The law takes effect immediately.

    Rauner's office didn't immediately offer a comment on the bill signing.

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