Illinois lawmakers pass 'cupcake' bill after Troy girl's home bakery shut down

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Posted on May 27, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 28 at 6:51 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois lawmakers have passed a so-called "cupcake bill" introduced after a young girl's home baking operation was shut down.

The Senate on Tuesday initially defeated the proposal, which paves the way for home kitchen businesses making less than $1,000 per month.

Republican Sen. Jim Oberweis was among opponents. The dairy magnate said proposed regulations tacked on to the bill would have sidetracked his own entrepreneurial spirit at a young age.

But the Senate later moved to reconsider the bill and that amendment was withdrawn. Lawmakers then voted 57-0 to pass the measure. Sen. Heather Steans says: "Let them eat cupcakes."

The legislation arose after the Madison County Health Department shut down 12-year-old Chloe Stirling's cupcake business in Troy. It now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn

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