Politics in Illinois has never made much sense.
Even if it does make sense, there’s a good chance that some degree of corruption or shady behavior was involved. That said, things are changing.
Illinois might be legalizing happy hour.
In case you didn’t know, “happy hour” is that time of the day where people ditch work early to drink for a lower price. Many bars offer beer specials, food discounts, or even free silverware.
Simply put, it’s the reason that 85% of corporate America is still sane. So whichever old guys with bad haircuts thought it would be a good idea to ban this in Illinois, you suck.
Nevertheless, it’s time to rejoice once again. Chicagoans will finally have a reason to collectively check out of work at 3 p.m on a Monday. And yes, you will finally leave early from work with an incentive other than not smelling your manager’s ridiculously breath for another two hours.
The Culinary and Hospitality Modernization Act was passed last week by the House and is widely expected to sail through the Senate within two weeks. The measure would overturn a 1989 law that prohibits alcohol-serving establishments from changing the prices of drinks during the day. (via ChicagoNow)
Despite the fact that we’re not 100% sure the law will ultimately be signed off by Gov. Rauner, it seems hard for him to turn it down.
The original bill was drafted and ultimately signed into law to try and curb binge drinking, hoping to avoid people guzzling as much cheaper alcohol into their face in a three-hour period.
I’m not totally sure on the governor’s stance on letting people of age drink for themselves, but I do know how much he loves money. So, this little caveat of the bill certainly bodes well in its quest to end up on his desk.
Not all discounts seen in other states are allowed. For example, the bill maintains the banning of two-for-one drink sales. The Illinois Restaurant Association backed the bill, telling lawmakers it’s a way to increase the state’s ailing tax base through more customers taking advantages of drink discounts.
If there’s anything I truly care about it’s not having to pay $7 for my first beer while I’m dead sober. That decision is far more pleasant when I’m already drunk.
Will bars and restaurants share my same sentiment? Yes, probably.
This is the city of Chicago, so people are out enjoying the nightlife no matter what it costs. You have to assume happy hour pricing doesn’t change interest levels. If anything, it just gets the same crowd in the door a bit earlier.
There will be some restrictions, however. Pricing adjustments can’t be offered after 10 p.m., and discounts have to be posted at least seven days in advance.
All of that is cool with me.