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Happy hour to return to Illinois bars

Happy hour to return to Illinois bars

It's officially time for happy hour in Illinois.

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday signed a bill into law that, among other things, allows the return of happy hour alcoholic drink specials, with certain restrictions.

Happy hour drink specials had been banned under Illinois law since 1989 but can immediately begin with Rauner's signature of the measure. Advocates of the law celebrated the victory as a measure that would help level the playing field for Illinois and increase tourism to Chicago. Opponents, however, continued to express worries that the return of happy hour would mean excessive drinking and drunken driving.

The bill, SB 398, was passed in the House May 28...