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Illinois lawmakers vote down ‘cupcake’ bill

Posted by wlpo on May 27, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois lawmakers have halted a so-called “cupcake” bill introduced after a young girl’s home baking operation was shut down.

The Senate voted 32-17 Tuesday to block a proposal that would have paved the way for home kitchen businesses making less than $1,000 per month under certain rules. The measure would require sellers to be trained, pay fees, label ingredients and tell consumers the product was made in a home.

The Madison County Health Department shut down 12-year-old Chloe Stirling’s cupcake business in Troy. Supporters say the measure would have created a pathway to open such home kitchens.

Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis was among opponents. The dairy magnate says the proposed rules would have sidetracked his own entrepreneurial spirit at a young age.

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