A state lawmaker has cleared a hurdle in changing the way health departments oversee some home businesses in Illinois.  An 11-year-old girl from Troy had her cupcake business shut down last month after another business in Madison County questioned if the girl was following rules governing home kitchens. 

Health inspectors shut down Chloe Stirling because she didn't have commercial bakery equipment.  The story landed her a visit on Rachael Ray and some donated kitchen equipment.  Republican State Representative Charlie Meier of Okawville says the bill received unanimous approval in the House this week.

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The next stop for the bill allowing home kitchen operations is the Senate.

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