But bill also includes some restrictions. Establishments can have happy hour specials for a total of only 15 hours per week, no more than four hours per day, and no later than 10pm, for example. Oh, and the law would still ban glorious two-for-one drink specials, so don't plan on that automatic double fisting bonus. That is all to say: you'll get happy hour back, but bars have to plan it all out.
The Illinois Senate voted 52-1 to approve the bill on Sunday after it passed in the House last week, ostensibly because both parties like to party (get it?), sending the bill to Gov. Bruce Rauner. The bill's chief sponsor, Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, said she thinks Rauner will likely sign it, since it's a pro-business move that will also increase tax revenues. Once signed, the law would take effect immediately, and local governments will be able to bring the post-work drink specials back to the masses.