‘Cupcake Bill’ signed into law

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TROY, Ill. (KTVI) – A Madison County girl tasted sweet success today on her cupake crusade.

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.


  • Steven Sweeney

    Good for her! Those democrats hate small business and personal responsibility.That’s why she was shut down, while all the 12 year olds in the projects get monthly checks simply by being pregnant twice a year.”she didn’t build that.” YES, she did , Obozo.And now you tax her massively to pay for the democratic breeder base.

    • Bob

      Steve – agree to disagree. The only art you have right is that it is the POLITICIANS at the root of this inane stupidity- not just the democrats. Sadly both parties are hell bent on preventing any citizen from making any type of money they can’t get their greedy mitts on.

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