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Illinois lawmakers revive 'cupcake' bill

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  • Earlier this month, Chloe Stirling, 12, of Troy presented cupcakes from her Hey, Cupcake! bakery to Gov. Pat Quinn at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

      Earlier this month, Chloe Stirling, 12, of Troy presented cupcakes from her Hey, Cupcake! bakery to Gov. Pat Quinn at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.
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SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois lawmakers have revived 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.

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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But the Senate later moved to reconsider the bill and that amendment was withdrawn.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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