Joliet Cupcake Law

After home bakers have complained that the county health department has been cracking down on them for violating state law, the Joliet City Council’s Land Use and Legislative Committee suggested the city adopt the “Cupcake Law”.

The Cupcake Law would allow home-based bakery operations to sell goods for a profit.

Joliet nurse and home baker, Georgene Williams, quoted a health department worker saying, “If you want to bake something in your house [to sell], you will get in trouble because you don’t have the Cupcake Law in the municipality.”

Current state legislation – signed by Gov. Pat Quinn earlier this year – prohibits people from making profit from baked goods in their homes unless he/she resides in an area that adopts the Cupcake Law. The bill was introduced after health officials shut down a young girl’s baking operation.

If City Council members adopt the Cupcake Law at their meeting next week, local bakers, Sandy Gregorash and Linda Moffitt can continue baking their traditional Slovenian holiday poticas from their own kitchens.

Home bakers will be protected under the Cupcake Law with the following conditions:

  • Monthly gross sales do not exceed $1,000
  • The food is not a potentially hazardous baked food
  • A notice is provided to the buy that the product was made in a home kitchen

Ebola Screenings at O’Hare

Beginning today, October 16, customs and health officials at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago will take the temperature of passengers from three West African countries in order to screen for the Ebola virus.

Screeners will use no-touch thermometers to find any passengers with a fever. Federal health officials say the screenings will add another layer of protection to help stop any further spread of the deadly virus.

According to customs officials, about 150 people travel from or through Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea to the USA daily. 95% of these travellers land first in New York, Chicago, Newark, Atlanta or Washington D.C.

False alarms are expected due to fevers from other illnesses. Ebola is not contagious until symptoms begin.

Texas College Rejects Applicants From Nigeria

College is supposed to give each students opportunities to further their education. That is not the case at Navarro College in Texas.  Kamorudeen Abidogun, a Texas man originally from Nigeria, has received two letters of rejection from the college  to his home. He had allowed some relatives to use his home address in Texas to apply.  The school’s reason to reject the applications is not academically or criminally related, it is because Nigeria is the origin of Ebola.

In the letter, the school starts off by saying that they regret their decision, but they can not accept the appicant for the Spring 2015 semester. They go on to say that they are not accepting international students who hail from countries with confirmed Ebola cases.  Finally, they thank the applicant and send their best wishes for a successful academic search.

After repeated requests for comments, Navarro’s Vice President for Access and Accountability, Dewayne Gragg sent an email to CNBC.com stating ” Our college values its diverse population of international students. This fall we have almost 100 students from Africa. Unfortunately, some students received incorrect information regarding their applications to the institution”

The school’s policy is still in tact.