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No ‘cupcake law’ in Bradley just yet

March 12, 2019

BRADLEY — Bradley resident Brooke Love will have to keep her kitchen oven cooled for two more weeks.

The Bradley Village Board, by a 4-3 vote, decided to hold back the final “cupcake law’’ decision which would permit at-home retail bakeries. The delay will allow the ordinance’s language could be corrected prior to a final vote.

It appears the village board is set to OK the ordinance at its March 25 meeting. The board’s Ordinance & Technology Committee, chaired by Trustee Bob Redmond, will go over final revisions at its 5 p.m. March 21 committee meeting.

Love said after the meeting she has been waiting since June 2018 to have this ordinance reworked, so a two-week delay is not overly disappointing.

Trustee Mike Watson wanted the issue resolved on Monday, but his move to have it approved was defeated by a 4-3 vote, with Mayor Bruce Adams casting the deciding vote.

Trustees voting against Watson’s move said they did not oppose the ordinance, but rather wanted the document completely written before approving it.

Basically, the revised law will require those seeking the license for a home kitchen operation to have an Illinois food handling and sanitation certificate and the $50 village registration.

Love said she already has the state license, and she will be at the village hall on March 26 seeking the registration form.

Under the state’s 5-year-old “cupcake law,” counties can pass ordinances allowing people to set up at-home bakeries which generate $1,000 or less per month in sales. It’s believed towns have the same power.

Love bakes cakes mainly for family and friends. She has stated her sales likely would not come anywhere near $1,000 per month.

The village board had been waiting on a ruling from the Illinois Attorney General’s office regarding what government had the power to regulate these bakeries.

In November, the Kankakee County Board rejected a move to allow at-home bakeries by a narrow vote.

Adams, however, said Monday with the change in Springfield leadership, it is not known when this matter would ever be addressed.

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