|Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 5th district
|Preceded by||Lovana Jones|
|Alma mater||University of Chicago
Dunkin was born February 12, 1974 and raised in the Cabrini–Green Housing Development of Chicago. He attended Lincoln Park High School and went on to earn his associate’s degree from 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 currently serves the communities that his mentor, Jesse White, had once represented.
Dunkin worked as social worker for many years. Most recently, 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 Corp, Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and the Governor’s Film Task Force.
As a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, Dunkin serves on seven committees: International Trade & Commerce, Financial Institutions, Insurance, Mass Transit, Appropriations-High Education, Telecommunications, and Chairman of Tourism and Conventions. Dunkin is also a member of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus.
He sponsored HB 0687, which would require Illinois gun owners to purchase $1,000,000 liability insurance. The bill is on its second reading in the Illinois General Assembly and is being debated.
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", etc. to be shot in Illinois.
- Representative Kenneth Dunkin (D) 5th District at the Illinois General Assembly
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Kenneth "Ken" Dunkin at Illinois House Democrats