Since 1989, Illinois has banned happy hour. But, the 'happiness' may soon return to the Illinois bar and restaurant business if some lawmakers get their way.

The old law, when it was passed, was designed to eliminate mass consumption of alcohol that allegedly took place during the so called "happy Hour" times set up by bars and restaurants. The law outlawed the serving of free drinks and special reduced prices during happy hours at bars and restaurants.

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that this past week a bill has passed by both houses of the Illinois legislature would allow discounts for up to four hours a day and up to 15 hours a week, as long as they are advertised a week in advance.

The bill awaits the governor's signature.

The Tribune reports that under the new legislation, discounts would be allowed for up to four hours a day and up to 15 hours a week, as long as they are advertised a week in advance.

Specials such as two drinks for the price of one would still be prohibited and happy hour deals could not be offered after 10 p.m.