A pre-teen baker’s battle with bureaucrats has ended with her victory.
On Tuesday, Illinois gov. Pat Quinn signed the “cupcake bill,” which will allow home bakers to sell baked goods without local government or health department oversight.
The bill came as a response to the forced closing of a 12-year-old girl’s home baking business in January — the girl, Chloe Stirling, reportedly made $200 per month selling baked goods around her hometown, but her fledgling operation was shuttered by health department officials in January because she did not have a license or state-certified kitchen.
Now Chloe will be free to return to work; the new law will allow home bakers to sell up to $1,000 per month of baked goods without any licensing or inspections, so long as they tell consumers that the food came from a home kitchen and there are no complaints made to the health department.
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