TROY, Ill.—A sixth-grade Metro-East girl whose home-based cupcake business was shut down for running afoul of state law is will testify before an Illinois House committee on Wednesday.
Eleven-year-old Chloe Stirling will give testimony in relation to a bill being proposed by State Rep. Charlie Meier, R-Okawville.
House Bill 5354 would allow churches and others to continue selling home-baked goods without being regulated by county health departments.
Madison County health officials shut down Stirling’s $200-a-month operation in January after concluding her kitchen wasn’t a commercial one requiring such things as a permit and inspection.
The owner of an O’Fallon plumbing company has since announced he would lead the way in building her a commercial kitchen onto her Troy home. Jason Spengler says the donation-funded construction project that’ll bring her into compliance with state law will be done by mid-May.
While appearing with her parents on a “Rachael Ray” episode aired Thursday, the Triad Middle School student learned General Electric is giving her a new oven.