SPRINGFIELD - Gov. Pat Quinn is campaigning on his signing the infamous "cupcake bill," which was introduced after a young girl's home baking operation was shut down by state government regulators.
The Quinn campaign released a video (below) about the bill signing ceremony at the home of 12-year-old Chloe Stirling in Troy, Illinois.
Chloe was using her $200-a-month home-based baking business, "Hey Cupcake!", to provide treats for friends and fundraisers. But Madison County officials shut her down in January, citing a bevy of health code and zoning issues.
As a result, the Illinois General Assembly passed HB5354 granting Illinois children the right to sell cupcakes, lemonade, or otherwise engage in youthful free enterprise that has been the hallmark of America for decades.
However, the new Illinois law isn't without government regulation. It requires children to tell consumers the product was made in a home, among other things. And the freedom to bake and sell treats is limited to those kids making less than $1,000 per month. Any minor caught making $1,001 will be subject to the full regulatory power of the state.