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About Ken Dunkin
Born February 12 in Chicago, Dunkin was raised in the Cabrini-Green housing project on the city’s Near-north side. After graduating from Lincoln Park High School, Dunkin went on to earn his associate degree from Loop College (now known as Harold Washington College). Dunkin continued his education at Morehouse College where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and later his master’s degree in social welfare from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. As a youth, Dunkin was influenced by Jesse White, Illinois politician and founder of the Jesse White Tumbling Team.
Dunkin served on the following committees: International Trade & Commerce, Financial Institutions, Insurance, Mass Transit, Appropriations-Higher Education (Chairman), Telecommunications, Tourism and Conventions (Chairman), Elementary and Secondary Education. Dunkin was also a Chairman of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus. Representative Ken Dunkin was the Chief Sponsor for the Illinois Film Tax Credit. This legislation generated thousands of union and non-union jobs throughout the state and $100s of millions in local and state tax revenue. His Film credit encouraged major film, commercial and television such as “Batman-The Dark Knight”, “The Beast”, “Public Enemy”, “Barbershop 1 & 2”, “The Break-Up”, “Roll-Bounce”, “Ocean’s 12,” “The Weather Man”, “Spider-Man 2”, “Derailed”, “Transformers 3”, “Chicago Med”, “Chicago Law”, “Chicago Fire”, “The Chi”, “Death Wish”, “Marvelous Realm”, “Chicago Justice”, “ER”, “Boss”, “My Boys”, “The Mob Doctor”, “Stranger than Fiction”, “Empire”, “The Break-Up”, etc., all shot in Illinois.
Dunkin worked as social worker for many years. He was the Director of the Robert Taylor Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, where he managed over $2.5 million in program services. He also worked as a consultant for the City of Chicago Department of Health and Department on Aging. He interned with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Health Care Financing Administration, and United States Senator Paul Simon. Dunkin is currently a member of the Attorney Registration Disciplinary Commission (appointed by Illinois Supreme Court), Board of the Chicago International Film Festival, Lawson YMCA, Near North Health Services Corporation. Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.
While serving in the House of Representatives, Ken Dunkin brought forth several bills, that later became law.
Dunkin has been known for working hard for the 5th district, individuals, families and businesses alike along with his beloved seniors while he was their state representative. He is a Democrat and has worked to advance causes in line with Democratic ideals. A few of his accomplishments wer: He sponsored and passed the Equal Pay Act which mandates women get the same pay as men. In 2015 he got $2 Billion released for day care services and senior assistance. He threw his support behind the Illinois Unites for Marriage Bill, pushed for the LaQuan McDonald Act.
“To move the state forward, I believe I must continue to look for bipartisan solutions. Our legislature has to start talking about solutions we have to put partisan politics to the side and put the people of Illinois first.”
He is ready to fight again for the people of the 5th district.