Kenneth Dunkin

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Kenneth Dunkin
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 5th district
Assumed office
December 2002 (2002-December)
Preceded by Lovana Jones
Personal details
Born (1974-02-12) February 12, 1974 (age 41)
Political party Democratic
Residence Chicago, Illinois
Alma mater University of Chicago
Morehouse College
Profession Social Worker
Religion Christian

Kenneth Dunkin (born February 12, 1974) is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 5th District since 2002.

Early life[edit]

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.

Public service[edit]

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.

State Representative[edit]

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.

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.


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