UPDATE: Gov. Quinn Signs Illinois' New `Cupcake' Regulations

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TROY, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn has signed the "cupcake bill," which was introduced after a young girl's home baking operation was shut down by regulators.
Quinn signed the legislation Tuesday in 12-year-old Chloe Stirling's home in Troy. He praised her for making a difference in a cause she believes in.
Chloe used her $200-a-month home-based baking business, "Hey Cupcake!", to provide treats for friends and fundraisers. Madison County health officials shut it down in January.
In a statement, Stirling says she's looking forward to baking again.
The law requires sellers to tell consumers the product was made in a home, among other things. The law applies to home kitchen businesses making less than $1,000 monthly. It takes effect immediately.
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The legislation is HB5354.



ILLINOIS (WIFR) -- A big win for amateur bakers across Illinois, as the so called cupcake bill is set to become law.

Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign the legislation Tuesday along side "Cupcake Girl". She's the 12-year-old who pushed for the law after her at-home baking business was shut down by the health department.

The cupcake bill says anyone who sells up to a $1,000 worth of bakes goods made at home per month won't be regulated by the state.



ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The fate of the Illinois "cupcake" law is now in Governor Pat Quinn's hands.

The law states that any individual who sells up to $1,000 worth of bakes goods made at home a month won't be regulated by the state.

Ruth Roth has been selling pies she cooks at her home in Boone County for years. She built a state approved kitchen in her home to be able to make and sell her pies legally and feels the law is unfair to her.

She says rarely makes $1,000 a month in sales but has already spent money being up to code. More than the money, Roth says not following the same codes most restaurants follow poses a risk to public safety.

"It would be a black mark on our report if we made something that made someone ill," said Roth. "It's easy to do things the right way."

Governor Pat Quinn opposed the law when originally introduced because he felt it didn't go far enough in regulating this type of business.

Legislators in both houses didn't side with the governor. Instead of forcing all home bakers to acquire permits and take training classes before being able to sell their goods, the proposed law will only regulate those who hit the monthly profit threshold of $1,000.

Rockford senator Dave Syverson (R) says the bill as it currently stands frees amateur bakers from government bureaucracy.

"We now have a plan in Illinois where children and adults have the ability to bake out of their home," Syverson says, "and sell cupcakes and do lemonade stands without fear of the government coming in."

There is no word on when the governor will make his decision on the bill.


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