Ken Dunkin is a Democrat, serving the people of the 5th District as State Representative in the Illinois General Assembly. Dunkin worked as social worker for many years, helping families access needed resources. Most recently, he was the Director of the Robert Taylor Boys and Girls Club of Chicago. For five years, he managed over $2.5 million in program services. He also worked as a consultant for Chicago's Department of Health and Chicago's Department on Aging.
State RepresentativeAs a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, Dunkin serves on the following committees: (Chairperson) Tourism and Conventions; (Chairperson) Appropriations-Higher Education; Appropriations-General Service; Insurance; Elementary & Secondary Education; Financial Institutions; and, State Government Administration. He focuses on legislation to raise the quality of life for working families, children and seniors, and has been successful in boosting Illinois' economy by working to strengthen Illinois' tourism and film industry.
Early LifeBorn and raised in Chicago's Cabrini Green Public Housing Development, Ken Dunkin is also a product of the Chicago Public School System. He is a graduate of Jenner Academy of the Arts Elementary School and Lincoln Park High School. He continued his education at Harold Washington College, where he received an Associates of Arts degree. Dunkin was then accepted to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he graduated with Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science. Dunkin later returned to Chicago to complete his Masters of Arts degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.
Prior to becoming Illinois' 5th District State Representative Dunkin directed the Robert Taylor Boys and Girls Club. Dunkin was a community liaison for his mentor Secretary of State Jesse White and served as a Consultant for the City of Chicago Department of Health and Department of Aging. In addition, Dunkin interned with the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthcare Financing Administration and United States Senator Paul Simon in Washington D.C.
Currently Dunkin serves on the Associate Board of the Chicago International Film Festival; he is chief sponsor of a bill that created legislation to extend tax credits to film producers to encourage them to bring more of the film industry to Illinois. He is a member of the Cabrini Green Legal Aid Advisory Board, the Lawson YMCA and the City Club of Chicago. Dunkin is also a proud member of the world renowned Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.
Dunkin's current priorities include: reducing domestic violence, sustaining and creating new businesses, preventing identity theft, rallying for reduced prescription drug prices for senior citizens, improving academic achievement among students and affordable childcare and healthcare.
In 2004 Dunkin was selected by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACPYL) as a delegate to South Africa for a ten-day political study program. Dunkin joined five other young leaders from across the United States to study South Africa's political system, engage dialogue on bilateral issues and forge professional relationships. ACYPL is a non-profit bipartisan international exchange organization funded in part through a grant from the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Dunkin and his wife Yolanda are the proud parents of a son and two daughters.