|A 12-year-old girl from Illinois got a dose of regulation American-style when local government officials shut down her cupcake business in 2014.|
Chloe Stirling, from Troy, got the front-page treatment from her local newspaper, which featured how well her business, Hey, Cupcake, was doing. By all accounts, it was a successful little enterprise. Chloe was getting $10 for a dozen cupcakes and $2 for each specialty cupcake. She even donated her cupcakes when a boy in her school fighting cancer held a fundraiser.
|Seeing the article prompted local regulators to swoop in and shut her down. The Madison County Health Department told her she could no longer make or sell cupcakes because she lacks a permit. That runs seriously afoul of the Madison County food ordinance and Illinois' food-sanitation code. Oh, and her kitchen itself wasn't licensed either. Gasp.|
The dessert eaters of Madison County no doubt slept soundly, knowing their health was soooo well protected.
|All was not lost however. Governor Pat Quinn was joined by Chloe Stirling and her parents at their Troy home to sign legislation that supports home kitchen businesses in Illinois.|
The “cupcake bill” created a new category of “home kitchen operators” for those who make less than $1,000 from producing food in their own homes to sell either by themselves or for a religious, charitable or nonprofit organization. Home kitchen operators can no longer be regulated or shut down by local governments or health departments unless there is a complaint or health safety issue.