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Victory for the Cupcake Kid

Victory for the Cupcake Kid

Chloe Stirling presents cupcakes from her Hey, Cupcake! bakery to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, right, in the Governor's office at the Illinois State Capitol on Tuesday. Looking on is Chloe's mother, Heather Stirling, left. Photo: Associated Press

Legislation prompted by the shutdown of an Illinois girl’s home-baked cupcake operation is one step closer to law. A Senate committee has approved home-baking regulations. The measure would require sellers to go through sanitation training, pay fees, label ingredients, and let consumers know the product was made in a home kitchen. It applies to those making less than $1,000 per month.

Chloe Stirling’s home kitchen operation in Troy was shut down by the Madison County Health Department earlier this year. The 12-year-old told legislators she was raising money for a car. She later met Gov. Pat Quinn and gave him four cupcakes.

The legislation now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

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