Earlier this year, 12-year-old Chloe Stirling was using her home-based business, "Hey Cupcake," to provide treats for friends, relatives and fundraisers. But the Madison County Health Department shut her down for not having a business license and because the Stirling's kitchen wasn't commercially certified.
Gov. Pat Quinn came to the Stirling’s home in Troy, Ill., Tuesday to sign the ‘cupcake bill’ into law. As he approached Chloe's home, he saw that her sister Sophie had set up a lemonade stand in the driveway. The governor stopped and bought two cups of lemonade.
Then it was onto the kitchen inside as reporters, family and friends crowded in to watch the governor sign the bill. He said the legislation opens the doors for more small home-based businesses to operate with less government interference.
The new law applies to home kitchen businesses making less than $1,000 a month, and it says they can't be shut down unless there is a complaint or health safety issue.
Chloe says she will start baking again right away and the money will to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.