03 25 Dunkin Appointed to Tourism Coordinating Committee
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - State Rep. Ken Dunkin, D-Chicago, will work to promote Chicago as an entertainment destination as a new member of a state commission tasked with developing Illinois tourism. Dunkin was appointed to the Illinois Tourism Coordinating Committee last Wednesday.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on this commission, and I look forward to working to promote tourism and the film industry in Illinois," Dunkin said. "I am especially excited to continue working with members of the filmmaking community to continue making Illinois a desirable destination for film and television productions that help stimulate our local economy and create jobs."

Dunkin will serve on the Illinois Tourism Coordinating Committee, a state commission made up of legislators, economic development officials and representatives of some of Illinois’ major tourism industries. The committee works with businesses and other groups to coordinate the promotion and development of tourism activities throughout Illinois.

A longtime advocate for film and television production in Illinois, Dunkin is currently sponsoring legislation that will make the state even more attractive to the film industry by allowing more groups to qualify for the Film Production Services Tax Credit. The Illinois Film Office estimates that the Illinois Film Tax Credit has brought over $1 billion to the state and created 10,000 jobs since its creation in 2004.